December 24, 1979 12:00 PM

“Outside of one’s own,” she chortles, the most stimulating books she got to were Barbara Tuchman’s work on the 14th century, A Distant Mirror, and William Manchester’s bio of MacArthur. Predictably francophilic, she chose La Cage aux Folles as No. 1 film (“It was belly laughs”); she loathed the unsubtle ” 10″ (“They couldn’t decide if it was a comedy or not”). Julia and husband Paul, classical music buffs, loved The Late Piano Concertos from a new Mozart series by such artists as Daniel Barenboim and Vladimir Ashkenazy. The Holocaust rerun seemed “awfully well done, though it got to be sort of a soap opera.”

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