National Geographic : 1961 Nov
"classical" Roman statues and oil paintings that I could scarcely believe were copies of masterpieces. A member of Universal-International's publicity staff found me in the dusty depths of a rob bers' cave. "You are about to realize the dream of every red blooded American man," she said. "Follow me." We entered one of the cavernous studio buildings, picked our way through passages cluttered with fat electric cables, and emerged into a floodlighted satin boudoir where there was a gorgeous young woman in a bridal gown. "Mr. Kenney, I'd like you to meet Miss Gina Lollo brigida," said the publicity girl. I'm afraid I just gaped and stammered and said nothing witty or charming. However, I can now tell people-and do so at every opportunity - that I spent an afternoon with Miss Lollo brigida. I don't mention, of course, that also present were some fifty cameramen, stagehands, electricians, di rectors, and Rock Hudson. The company was making Rome's Opera House Hails Britain's Radiant Queen In the Presidential box, Eliza beth II stands beside Italy's chief executive, Giovanni Gron chi, and acknowledges the ac claim of a beribboned and be jeweled audience May 3, 1961. Prince Philip, Duke of Edin burgh, appears, partly hidden, behind the Queen. Floral streamers adorn red and-gold boxes for a gala per formance of Falstaff, an opera written by Italy's Verdi about the character immortalized by England's Shakespeare. EKTACHROMEFROM FOX PHOTOS © N.G.S .