The Scheme to Hook Up a King With the Wasp Woman and Other Wild Plans

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39. The Scheme to Hook Up a King With the Wasp Woman

A declassified CIA memo shows that the Agency used Robert Maheu to find the 23-year-old visiting King Hussein “female companionship” during an April, 1959, visit to Los Angeles. Referring to the king as a “foreign official”, the memo stated: “The foreign official was especially desirous of female companionship during his Los Angeles visit and it was requested that appropriate arrangements be made through a controlled source of the [CIA’s] Office [of Security] in order to assure a satisfied visit”.

Jordan’s monarchy not being exactly top shelf or A-list royalty, Maheau could not get any top shelf A-list actresses to entertain King Hussein. With the Marilyn Monroe types unavailable, Maheau had to adjust his scheme, worked his way down to the B-list. He came up with Susan Cabot, a 1950s B-movie actress who had starred in low budge Roger Corman flicks such as The Wasp Woman, in which she transforms into a deadly wasp.