IRAN: The First of Azar, 1338

No Cinderella had ever put in quite so exhausting a month, and 21-year-old Farah Diba herself admitted that she would never have been able to see it through "if I were not strong and had not exercised regularly since I was young." From the moment that Iran's Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlevi, 40, decided that she would sit beside him on the Peacock Throne of Iran as his third wife (TIME, Nov. 2), Farah's days of girlhood were over.

Only a year before, she had been just one more mousy foreign student, working at...