People: Sep. 12, 1983

It was a sour ending to an otherwise happy holiday. For three weeks Christina Onassis, 32, had frolicked on the beaches of Skorpios, made side trips to other Greek islands and nibbled—well, all right, feasted—on the local cuisine. But when the heiress boarded her personal Learjet to fly home to Nice, France, from Aktion military airport last week, an official took her passport and forbade her to leave the country. Reason: a pending court case in which the Greek government claims that Christina owes $33 million worth of inheritance taxes on her father's property. That was when Christina began throwing her...

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