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I had normal childhood, says Paris

Michael Jackson's daughter says she had a normal childhood thanks to her father's decision to make his children wear masks in public.

Paris Jackson, 13, told TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres about the lengths her music star father took to protect her identity for the show to be aired on Thursday.

She said because she and brothers Prince Michael and Blanket had to wear the masks when they ventured out, no-one then recognised them when they went to school.

The teenager told how she was inspired to be an actress after watching her father in the film Moonwalker.

She said her father - who died aged 50 in 2009 - encouraged her and did improvisation sessions to develop her skills.

She has been cast alongside Larry King in a film based on a children's book that is in the early stages of development.

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