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Clare Boothe Luce was an American author, politician, U.S. Ambassador and public conservative figure. She was the first American woman appointed to a major ambassadorial post abroad. A versatile author, she is best known for her 1936 hit play The Women, which had an all-female cast. Her writings extended from drama and screen scenarios to fiction, journalism, and war reportage. She was the wife of Henry Luce, publisher of Time, Life, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated.

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United States Ambassador to Italy
In office
May 4, 1953 – December 27, 1956
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded by Ellsworth Bunker
Succeeded by James David Zellerbach
United States Ambassador to Brazil
In office
April 28, 1959 – May 1, 1959
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded by Ellis O. Briggs
Succeeded by John M. Cabot
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1947
Preceded by Le Roy D. Downs
Succeeded by John D. Lodge
Personal details
Born Ann Clare Boothe
March 10, 1903
New York City, N.Y., U.S.
Died October 9, 1987(1987-10-09) (aged 84)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) George Tuttle Brokaw (1923–1929, div.); 1 child
Henry "Harry" Robinson Luce (1935–1967, his death)
Children 1
Occupation Editor, playwright, politician, journalist, diplomat
Religion Roman Catholic

Clare Boothe Luce (March 10, 1903 – October 9, 1987) was an American author, politician, U.S. Ambassador and public conservative figure. She was the first American woman appointed to a major ambassadorial post abroad. A versatile author, she is best known for her 1936 hit play The Women, which had an all-female cast. Her writings extended from drama and screen scenarios to fiction, journalism, and war reportage. She was the wife of Henry Luce, publisher of Time, Life, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated.

Politically, Luce was a leading conservative in later life and was well known for her anti-communism. In her youth, she briefly aligned herself with the liberalism of President Franklin Roosevelt as a protege of Bernard Baruch, but later became an outspoken critic of Roosevelt. Although she was a strong supporter of the Anglo-American alliance in World War II, she remained outspokenly critical of British colonialism in India.

Known as a charismatic and forceful public speaker, especially after her conversion to Roman Catholicism in 1946, she campaigned for every Republican presidential candidate from Wendell Willkie to Ronald Reagan.

LONGINES CHRONOSCOPE WITH CLARE BOOTHE LUCE

LONGINES CHRONOSCOPE WITH CLARE BOOTHE LUCE - National Archives and Records Administration - ARC Identifier 95940 / Local Identifier LW-LW-375 ...

LONGINES CHRONOSCOPE WITH MRS. CLARE BOOTHE LUCE

LONGINES CHRONOSCOPE WITH MRS. CLARE BOOTHE LUCE - National Archives and Records Administration 1952-10-24 - ARC Identifier 95791 / Local ...

Clare Boothe Luce & feminism

Christina Hoff Sommers on trailblazer, Clare Boothe Luce.

Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr.: Feminism

Episode S0179, Recorded on March 31, 1975 Guest: Clare Boothe Luce For more information about this program, see: ...

Who Was Clare Boothe Luce?

A 2 minute introduction to an extraordinary woman.

Clare Boothe Luce: Legendary Playwright, Politician & Social Seductress - Biography (1997)

Clare Boothe Luce (March 10, 1903 -- October 9, 1987) was the first American woman appointed to a major ambassadorial post abroad. A versatile author, she ...