Twenty-First-Century Etiquetteby Charlotte Ford, Jacqueline Demontravel, Jacqueline deMontravel (With)
Charlotte Ford is a best-selling author, successful businesswoman, and dedicated volunteer who devotes much of her time and efforts to charitable organizations. Born in Detroit to Henry Ford II, she was raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and studied in Florence, Italy and at the Sorbonne in Paris. Despite her privileged background,/b>
About the Author
Charlotte Ford is a best-selling author, successful businesswoman, and dedicated volunteer who devotes much of her time and efforts to charitable organizations. Born in Detroit to Henry Ford II, she was raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and studied in Florence, Italy and at the Sorbonne in Paris. Despite her privileged background, Ford has a practical no-nonsense approach to business. She says, "I work for success, and because money is one measure of achievement in our world, earning it is important to me."
In 1961 Ford moved to New York and joined McMillen, Inc. the prestigious interior design firm. In 1965 she married Stavros Niarchos and, after the birth of her daughter, Elena, the following year devoted her time to her private life. Ten years later, she was ready for a new professional challenge. Ford entered the fashion business and her designs for Don Sophisticates dresses and sportswear generated more than $35 million in annual sales.
Her first book, "Charlotte Ford's book of Modern Manners," (Simon & Schuster 1980) became an instant best seller and established Ford as the social arbiter of her generation. A rave review in Time magazine stated "she brings to the arid arena of do's and don'ts, a dose of good sense, a dash of wit and a dollop of compassion, none of which are standard ingredients of etiquette." Less than a decade later, public demand for an updated version resulted in another best seller, "Etiquette, Charlotte Ford's Guide to Modern Manners" (Crown 1988). Lyons Press will publish Ford's new book "21st Century Etiquette" in Fall 2001.
She is a member of the Board of Governors of the New York Presbyterian Hospital and is involved in a number of committees. She was named Trustee of the Year in September 1990 and was elected as Vice Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, the first women picked for this position. In June 2001, Mrs. Ford received the United Hospital Fund's Distinguished Trustee Award in recognition for her "extraordinary service, philanthropic support and leadership, and deep commitment to the voluntary spirit of New York City's hospital system."
Mrs. Ford is on the advisory board of The HealthCare Chaplaincy. In January 1990 she was nominated and elected to the Board of the Professional Children's School of New York. She has a deep interest in under-privileged children and sits on the Board of the Family Academy School. In June 1993 she was appointed a Trustee of the Rogosin Institute. In April 1997 she was elected to the Board of Trustees at Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village in Dearborn.
In June 1997 the National Kidney Foundation of New York/New Jersey named Ford, "Woman of the Year" at their Annual Awards Banquet for her commitment to The Rogosin Institute and her commitment to research in the area of kidney disease. In May 1999, she received the Second Century Award for Excellence in HealthCare, which was presented to her at the commencement exercises of Columbia University's School of Nursing.
Mrs. Ford owns OmniPresents, a catalogue-based gift business that selects the perfect gift for every occasion. OmniPresents, which began by offering services primarily during the Christmas Holiday season, has grown to encompass every holiday and gift giving need.
In addition to her daughter Elena, who is employed by the Ford Motor Company, Mrs. Ford has four grandchildren, Charlotte Anne, Callie, Alessandro, and Annabelle. She maintains a home in Southampton, New York and Sun Valley, Idaho.
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I bought this book as a guide and was so disappointed. Most of it is common sense. Most topics (i.e., single parenting, gay parenting, divorced parenting) were not given enough space, and other topics (i.e., sexual harassment, single parenting) show that the author(s) need a reality check. The quizzes at the end of the chapters are silly.