Public Affairs: Mission: Impossible

"When I really believe in something," says hard-driving NBC Documentary Producer Lucy Jarvis, "nothing stops me." Her television credits justify the bravado. In 1962, she cajoled Nikita Khrushchev into letting her film a special inside the Kremlin—a privilege never before permitted even the Soviet network. The following year, she collared France's Cultural Affairs Minister André Malraux and demanded: "If Khrushchev trusted me, why can't you?"—and gained TV's first penetration of the Louvre. If guile or gall does not work, there is always main strength. Once when a Tokyo airport functionary tried...

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