Every so often, something unassuming like a whiff of perfume or an article of clothing will have the power to transport you to a moment in time. For actress Susan Lucci, it’s a gold lamé jumpsuit.
There was the time Lucci wore that jumpsuit to a cocktail reception honoring Lucille Ball when she noticed a member of the Rat Pack making a beeline toward her.
“I had always felt that Sammy Davis Jr. was the greatest entertainer ever,” Lucci recently told The Times, “and I looked across the room and I saw him. And the next thing I saw was that he was coming in the direction of my husband and me with some intention.
“I actually looked behind me to...