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Madame Nhu Barred from “My Fair Lady” Film Set

Oct. 29, 1963 - Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu (pictured left with her daughter), First Lady of South Vietnam, arrived in Los Angeles today and learned she had been rebuffed in her request to visit a movie set. During her stay, Madame Nhu had hoped to visit the Warner Brothers studio set of “My Fair Lady.” A member of her party had asked the studio for permission to visit the set today or tomorrow. Although it refused to make official comment, the studio said the set and all other parts of the studio would be closed to her. When reports of Madame Nhu’s hoped-for visit reached the set, Audrey Hepburn, star of the film, was heard to say: “If she comes, I won’t be here. I’m sorry, but I’ll be ill.” Madame Ngo arrived from the Bay area, where she had given a speech at the University of California at Berkeley. She drew hisses there when she spoke of religious tolerance in her country. Later, in a radio interview, she said the hissing students “behaved like snakes.” In the same interview, Madame Nhu charged that reports that her nation has a secret police force “is absolutely an invention.” Numerous reliable sources have indicated that South Vietnam’s secret police force is run by her husband, Ngo Dinh Nhu.


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