Special Section: Among the Famous and the Forgotten

Over the years, the tragedy of Viet Nam has thrust onstage a variety of characters who strutted and fretted their hour and then virtually disappeared from sight. Among them: Bao Dai, the last Emperor of Viet Nam, forced to abdicate after World War II, resurrected by the French in 1947 as puppet Emperor of Viet Nam, went into exile in 1954 to a more lotophagous life on the French Riviera. Now 59, his majesty lives in France's Midi, still enjoys a playboy's existence and occasionally issues political...

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