Jeff Klein, the co-owner of Sunset Tower. "We've been friends forever," Ms. Doppelt said.
Mr. Bozzi, who is married to Bryan Lourd, the Creative Artists Agency kingpin, added that Mr. Klein’s decision to hire Ms. Doppelt was “a stroke of brilliance,” coming as women assert themselves in Hollywood as never before.
No less a tastemaker than Ms. Wintour appears to agree. Ms. Doppelt first worked for her at British Vogue in the late 1980s.
“Gabé’s superpower was knowing what was going on at all times — being in the middle of everything, seamlessly connecting everyone,” Ms. Wintour, who edits Vogue and serves as Condé Nast’s artistic director, wrote in an email. “As if by magic, everyone would somehow end up meeting exactly who they were supposed to.”
Indeed, Ms. Doppelt insisted her hairpin career turn was actually a lifetime in the making.
Her father owned a restaurant in Pretoria, South Africa, where she lived until 1974, when she moved to London to attend a “crammer” specialty school. (She dropped out and ended up getting a job as Ms. Brown’s assistant at Tatler in 1979.)