And Now, an Embassy of Her Own: PAMELA HARRIMAN

With glamour, ambition and an insider's grasp of American politics, not to mention a pretty fair art collection, Pamela Harriman takes over as ambassador to France

Pamela Digby Churchill Hayward Harriman was not an obvious choice to be America's ambassador in Paris, and not just because she is neither American- born nor of French heritage. The daughter of a British baron, she has been famous ever since LIFE magazine put her on its cover more than 50 years ago, mainly for the men she has married (Randolph Churchill, Leland Hayward, W. Averell Harriman) or enchanted (Giovanni Agnelli, Edward R. Murrow) and for her peerless charm. But she has always had a fondness for France, where she spent a prewar year using the Sorbonne as a finishing school...

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