The Real Deal New York

A ‘Swift’ takeover: Elliman’s number-one producer on her rapid rise to prominence

By Katherine Clarke | January 11, 2013 10:30AM

From the January issue: When Joan Swift was 20, she made the first of many abrupt career changes. She’d just secured a spot in a Ph.D. program for psychoanalysis at Manhattan’s Postgraduate Center for Mental Health when she headed to California for a vacation. At a friend’s beach club in Carmel, the petite, charismatic brunette met legendary actor Clint Eastwood. She abruptly decided to stay in California, taking a job working in Eastwood’s office. Swift’s parents were horrified that she had abandoned her Ph.D. plans, but Swift (née Schorrman) was enticed by the beauty of the area and the glamour of Hollywood. [more]