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After a decade of giving her top billing in his movies, Herbert ("Papa") Yates, 72-year-old president of Republic Pictures, signed a new contract with his favorite cinemactress, Vera Hruba Ralston, 31, onetime Czech skater. He quietly escorted her to Burbank and bought a marriage license.

The Duke of Edinburgh enjoyed his first ride in a jet aircraft: a 72-minute, 500-m.p.h. test flight over southern England and the Channel. The plane: British Overseas Airways' new Comet airliner, designed to launch commercial jet travel this spring between Britain and South Africa.

With her old friend...

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