Radio: 45-19-39

For two raucous weeks, Italy's top TV show, Lascia o Raddoppia (Double or Quits'), which is frankly modeled after the $64,000 Question, rocked the nation. Tempest in the TV pot was balloon-bosomed Maria Luisa Garoppa, 23, a tobacco shopkeeper from northern Italy whose knowledge of Greek drama is only surpassed by her unusual measurements (45-19-39).

No sooner had Maria—dressed in a red lace decollete sheath—given correct answers to eight questions on Greek tragedy (thus qualifying for 640,000 lire, or $1,024) than thousands of televiewers and an excitable press began complaining of her "exuberant body." Harried program directors corralled Italy's top couturiers in...

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