Lisa Respers France
Michael Jackson's upbringing was shaped by two very different parents.
His mother, Katherine Jackson, has been portrayed by her children as the loving glue that bonded the family together, while her husband, Joe, was the harsh disciplinarian whose iron hand not only shaped one of the most successful musical families in the world, but also elicited enough fear in his superstar son that it sometimes made him ill.
Now the couple of 60 years stands at the center of a custody drama surrounding their grandchildren.
Michael Jackson's will, filed in 2002, designated his mother as caregiver for Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11, and "Blanket," 7.
It is the latest installment in the many trials that have tested the Jackson family, not least of which has been the unexpected loss of its most famous member.
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