Clockwise: Charlie with heads of Saks Fifth Avenue (right) and New York Times (left) at a party at the US Embassy, Charlie with Chanel CEO Maureen Chiquet at the Grand Palais, Susan being interviewed from her front row seat at the Chanel show in October, the couple at the L'Arc de Triomphe horse races, a horse after crossing the finish line. All photos by Linda Grasso, except where noted.
When the phone rang one evening in early October at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, Santa Monica’s Charlie Rivkin grabbed the phone. For Rivkin, an after hours business call was nothing new. As the former head of various entertainment companies back in Los Angeles, working around the clock came with the territory. However, half a world and several degrees of sensibility away, Rivkin was now dealing with a very different set of issues. Concerned by some recent Al Qaeda activity, the State Department was issuing a traveler’s alert for Americans in Europe with special concern for France. It fell to Rivkin, President Obama’s appointment as U.S. Ambassador to France, to mark the administration's official line on the situation and deal with the aftermath.
The Rivkin Family: Eli, Susan, Charlie and Lily, courtesy: Rivkin Family