>• What’s it like growing up with celebrity parents? In The Daughters, the first of a series of three young-adult novels, Regis Philbin’s older daughter Joanna, 37, offers an insider’s view.

WAS IT FUN HAVING A FAMOUS DAD?

I’m very lucky—a lot of people love my dad. I got to go to premieres with him…. And when I was 12, I was so in love with Michael J. Fox and I got to meet him. My head almost exploded.

THE DOWNSIDE?

My dad talks …. When my sister was in first grade, he read a love letter a boy had written her on the air. The boy stopped speaking to her.

ANY ADVICE FOR TODAY’S CELEB’S KIDS?

They get so much more media attention now. Surround yourself with people who are friends with you, for you. And develop a very thick skin!

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