|Communist East Germany was displaying all the pique of a jilted bourgeois lover. The cause of the hurt feelings was radiant, blonde Marlene Schmidt, 24, who last year fled East Germany for life in the West. Even allowing for the crush—some 3.5 million refugees have streamed out of East Germany since World War II —it is hard to understand how the East German border guards failed to spot lissome, 5-ft. 8-in. Marlene. The West had no such difficulty: she settled in Stuttgart, became a $53-a-week electronics engineer, entered a beauty contest and was elected Miss Germany. Fortnight ago in Miami Beach, Marlene was crowned the 1961 Miss Universe.
( TIME )