Clare Booth Luce

Clare Booth Luce 1938.


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Clare Booth Luce

Historical Context

Clare Boothe Luce was a prominent American playwright, journalist, and politician known for her sharp mind, formidable intellect, and influential role in literature and politics. Here is some important information about her life and career:
Early life and career

Birth and education: Clare Boothe was born on 10 March 1903 in New York City. She attended public schools and later studied at the University of Chicago.
Early work: She began her career as an actress and later moved into journalism, working as an editor for Vogue and Vanity Fair in the 1930s.

Literary contributions

Playwright: Luce became famous as a playwright. Her best-known work is “The Women” (1936), a satirical comedy about the lives and struggles of a group of wealthy Manhattan women. The play was a critical and commercial success and was made into a film several times.
Other works: She also wrote several other plays, screenplays and novels, including “Kiss the Boys Goodbye” (1938) and “Margin for Error” (1939).

Political career

Congress: In the 1940s, Luce entered politics. She was elected to the US House of Representatives for Connecticut and sat there as a Republican from 1943 to 1947. She was one of the few women in Congress at the time and was known for her strong anti-communist stance.
Diplomatic service: In 1953, she was appointed US Ambassador to Italy by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, making her one of the first American women to hold such a high diplomatic post. She served until 1956 and was later appointed US Ambassador to Brazil, but resigned before taking up the post.

Personal life

Clare Boothe married Henry Luce, the influential publisher of Time, Life and Fortune magazines, in 1935. The couple became an influential force in American media and politics.
Death: Clare Boothe Luce died on 9 October 1987 in Washington, D.C.


Influence: Clare Boothe Luce’s diverse career and accomplishments made a significant impact on American culture and politics. She was a pioneer in male-dominated fields, from literature to diplomacy.
Awards and honours: She received numerous honours for her work, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1983.

Clare Boothe Luce was a multifaceted and influential figure whose contributions to American art and politics continue to be remembered and studied. 

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