Actor Rob Lowe and his wife were involved in a dramatic rescue on Wednesday morning (25Jun14) after they were caught up in severe flooding in France.
The south-eastern region of the country was hit by heavy rain in the early hours of Wednesday, with some areas receiving the equivalent of three months rainfall in just four hours, leading to rising water levels and serious flooding.
Lowe and his wife Sheryl Berkoff were staying in Grasse when the bad weather hit, and had to be rescued when the waters reached dangerous levels.
After they reached safety, The West Wing star shared a picture of his wife hugging one of the rescuers in front of a fire engine, adding in a caption on Instagram.com, "My wife being rescued this am (morning) in the horrific flooding in Grasse France. Glad we are safe. Grateful to first responders."
Lowe also published a picture of a fast-moving river of water cascading outside the house where the couple was staying, adding, "This is right outside the house. Was twice as high at the worst, just before sunrise."
Actor Rob Lowe is reportedly preparing to downsize his home after placing his sprawling 20-room mansion in Montecito, California on the market for a whopping $42 million (£28 million). The West Wing star and his wife, Sheryl Berkoff, are offloading the house now that their two sons, Matthew, 20, and 18-year-old John, are grown up, according to the New York Post. The next owner will be able to boast about living in the company of superstars - Oprah Winfrey, Drew Barrymore and comedienne Ellen DeGeneres are all neighbours.
Actor Rob Lowe is not looking forward to sending his youngest son off to college, because he fears empty nest syndrome will drive him crazy. The former The West Wing star explains he felt the same way when he sent his oldest son, Matthew, 20, off to Duke University in North Carolina.
He tells People magazine, "If it is anything like... (that), I'm going to have to check myself into a padded cell. It is unbelievably painful to walk past that empty bedroom."
However, Lowe admits he appreciates how much the relationships between him and his sons benefit from the separation.
He continues, "When they come back home they've grown so much. Your relationship goes to a whole other level."
The actor sees another bright side to his sons' departures - the time alone will boost his relationship with his wife, Sheryl Berkoff.
He explains, "Long marriages always go through phases, and right now I am in a phase where I'm rediscovering my relationship with Sheryl. We are like giddy teenagers.
"I think it is because we're realising we are going to have a lot of alone time coming up when both the boys are out of the house."
Officials at America's Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have filed a lien against the West Wing star and his wife, Sheryl Berkoff, alleging they owe the massive sum in income tax payments dating back to 2008.
The paperwork was filed on 9 July (10) in Lowe's native Ohio, according to The Detroit News, but Lowe's publicist Alan Nierob is adamant the star didn't know about the lien.
He says, "I checked with my client and he knows nothing whatsoever about this and has not been contacted by anyone in reference to this matter."
The news follows reports the actor is in talks to sign a massive $500 million (£333 million) deal to launch a multimedia investment venture, linked to a possible takeover of film giant Miramax Studios.