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Jackson Watch: Burning Questions

Diane Sawyer interviewed Michael Jackson -- The 20 questions she should have asked

Diane Sawyer's interview with the self-titled King of Pop and his Princess of Rock, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley, was long on viewers (an estimated audience of 60 million) but short on substance. Yes, she grilled him on the child-abuse charges, but she relied on fans to ask about their sex life — even though Sawyer brazenly quizzed Marla Maples about her relations with Donald Trump in 1990. Below, 20 questions that had Sawyer asked them, would have revealed a lot more about the couple:

1 What did Michael give you for your first anniversary?
2 How about Lisa Marie and Bubbles? Friends or foes?
3 What's the most romantic thing Michael has ever done?
4 What does the Jackson clan think of Lisa Marie?
5 Address rumors that Priscilla Presley disapproved of the union.
6 Has either of you ever used an Elvis stamp?
7 Lisa Marie, since you seem to shy away from the spotlight, why have you married a man second only to your dad in fame?
8 What memories do you have of your father?
9 Fried any peanut butter-and-banana sandwiches lately?
10 What do you think of all those Elvis sightings?
11 If Michael wants to move to South Africa or Switzerland and you don't, what's going to happen?
12 Lisa Marie, did you redecorate Neverland Valley Ranch?
13 Who's richer?
14 Have you confronted difficulties being in a mixed marriage?
15 O.J.: guilty or innocent?
16 Who has the bigger makeup bag?
17 Has either of you been in therapy?
18 What else have you resculpted besides your nose?
19 Has David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg, or Steven Spielberg ever invited you to a seder?
20 No, really, do you have sex?

Originally posted Jun 30, 1995 Published in issue #281-282 Jun 30, 1995 Order article reprints