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Luce, Clare Boothe,

1903–87, American playwright and diplomat, whose name originally was Anne Clare Boothe, b. New York City. Witty, outspoken, glamorous, and an articulate political conservative, Luce began her career writing for Vogue and Vanity Fair in 1930, soon becoming managing editor of the latter magazine. She married publisher Henry LuceLuce, Henry Robinson,
1898–1967, American publisher, b. Tengchow (now Penglai), China, the son of a Presbyterian missionary. After studying at Yale and Oxford, he worked (1921–22) as a reporter on the Chicago Daily News and the Baltimore News.
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 in 1935, and the following year her play The Women, satirizing wealthy New York matrons, opened to great success on Broadway. Her other hit plays included Kiss the Boys Goodbye (1938) and Margin for Error (1939). She served two terms in the House of Representatives (1943–47) as a Republican from Connecticut, and during the Eisenhower administration was ambassador (1953–56) to Italy. Her other writings include Stuffed Shirts (1933) and Europe in the Spring (1940).


See biographies by J. Lyons (1989) and S. J. Morris (2 vol., 2014).

Luce, Clare Boothe

(1903–87) playwright, journalist, public official; born in New York City. She was an editor of Vogue and Vanity Fair before enjoying considerable success with plays such as The Women (1936) and Kiss the Boys Goodbye (1938). Her personal life often kept her in the limelight, as when she married Henry R. Luce (1935) and converted to Catholicism (1946). An outspoken Republican, she served in the U.S. House of Representatives (Rep., Conn.; 1943–47) and as ambassador of Italy (1953–56). She was especially known for the acerbic wit of both her speech and writings.
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After finishing Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce, few readers will find a term as dull as 'The Honorable' to be befitting so spirited a personage.
Nice try, but Clare Boothe Luce figured that out back in 1936, with her play ``The Women,'' about less-than-genteel society women baring their teeth and Jungle Red fingernails.
The Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute bestowed upon her its annual conservative leadership award "for her unfailing dedication to truth, freedom and conservative values and for being an exemplar, in word and deed, of what a true leader is.
He Who brought you into the vineyard has not stopped leading you," Monsignor Fulton Sheen wrote to Clare Boothe Luce in the winter of 1946-1947, a year after her celebrated conversion to Catholicism.
Luce's wife, Clare Boothe Luce, who was becoming converted to Catholicism, and Whittaker Chambers, Time's Foreign News Editor, who had joined Time in 1939 after quitting the Communist Party and becoming obsessively anti-Communist.
Fearnow's reading of Arsenic and Old Lace as a dramatization of American's anxieties about how to respond to Nazi Germany is superb, although in discussing the plays of Clare Boothe Luce and S.
Congresswoman Clare Boothe Luce put the issue most succinctly: FDR "lied us into a war because he did not have the political courage to lead us into it.
1903 Nace, en Nueva York, la escritora Clare Boothe Luce.
Virginia Woolf was speaking of a great poet, Shelley, but the thought oddly fits the case of Clare Boothe Luce.
Among his nonfiction books are Frank and Maisie: A Memoir with Parents (1985), the biographies Muhammad Ali (1975) and Clare Boothe Luce (1982), the essay collections The Good Word & Other Words (1978) and Essays in Disguise (1990), and Baseball and Lesser Sports (1991).