Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
Despite a relatively low profile since the Carter administration took over, Iranian Ambassador Ardeshir Zahedi can still pack them in when he wants to.
Take, for instance Monday night's black-tie dinner for Turkish Foreign Minister and Mrs. Ehsan Sabri Caglayangil at the Iranian embassy, where the guest list included former New York Mayor John Lindsay, Sen. and Mrs. Mark Hatfield (R-Ore.), entertainer Pearl Bailey, Bill Leonard, vice president of CBS in Washington, and, of course, Elizabeth Taylor and her husband, John Warner.
Taylor, whose husband is a potential Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Virginia, has frequently been on the campaign trail with him. But, in answer to a question, she said she does not feel she is being used to further his political ambitions.
"I would not be doing what I am doing unless I wanted to be doing it," she said.
"Is all the campaigning making me lose my mystique? No, because I don't think I have any mystique," she added, as Sen. Jacob Javits (R-N.Y.) interrupted to buss her on the cheek.
"She makes those decisions for herself," said Warner. "We work as a husband-and-wife team. She wants to be present with me. What's she supposed to do, sit home while I'm gone? I think Elizabeth has brought to the forefront at long last the idea that the wife of a political candidate should be as active and well-known as her husband."
Zahedi seemed in unusually high spirits, having discarded the cane he had been carrying lately because of a leg disorder. "No, I will not have to have the operation on my leg," he said. "And in fact I haven't had to use my cane for several days now. Will I be staying on in Washington as ambassador? Of course, you don't think you can get rid of me do you?"
Pearl Bailey said she will be beginning college as a freshman at Georgetown in January. "I always wanted to be a schoolteacher," she said.
Lindsay, when asked if he would like to run for political office again, answered, "No. For the first time in my life, I'm paying off my mortgages and making money - something I haven't been able to do for 17 years."