People: May 14, 1984

"Washington, D.C., has the best characters in the world," bubbles Goldie Hawn, 38, who was filming Protocol in the capital, where she also grew up. Goldie plays a cocktail waitress who through a hilarious (it says here) series of events becomes a State Department protocol officer. Not amused, however, was the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Some extras who answered a casting call for "Arab-looking" types started a protest after seeing the script, which satirizes the kaffiyeh-clad emissaries of a mythical Middle Eastern kingdom. Worry about adverse publicity led Executive Producer Hawn and the film's...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!