Peter Pan Speaks

O.K., maybe he isn't as weird as he seemed, but in a blockbuster TV interview with Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jackson reveals a sad, innocent child within

At 34, Michael Jackson is still the world's most fragile child star. When he was 11, the Cupid and Kewpie doll of the Jackson 5, he had three No. 1 hits. He did O.K. on his own too: the two best-selling albums in history (Thriller and Bad) and a contract with Sony Entertainment valued at a billion dollars. For most of the '80s, long before anyone felt compelled to dub him the King of $ Pop, he was that and more.

Yet, as he revealed in his 90-minute TV chat last week with talk-show empathizer Oprah Winfrey, Jackson is at heart...

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