People: Jan. 11, 1963

Nary another New Year's Eve blast in Rome could boast so satiny a sommelier. Beautifully intent and just a trifle bubbly, Sophia Loren, 28, uncorked 1963 by filling the crystal goblets of such whoopee-minded friends as Actors David Niven, Peter Sellers and Party Giver Vittorio De Sica. Then it was the twist until 2 a.m., when Sophia and Husband-in-Spirit Carlo Ponti, 49, decided to call it a night and headed for home. "I'm an early sleeper," said Sophia, "and it is already too late for me."

At a Kremlin reception, Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev,...

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