People: Oct. 22, 1965

No sooner had he arrived at Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge's Saigon residence, than Broadway Producer David Merrick, 52, was bristling. Only Mary Martin and three other principals of Hello, Dolly! were at the party. How come none of the other 68 troupers who had been perking up the troops in South Viet Nam were invited? By way of retaliation, snipped Merrick, "I cut the ambassador dead—left him a floating island of ice in his sea of protocol." Still, the ambassador did pretty well standing on his protocol floe. After Mary warbled through ditties from...

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