Clare Boothe Luce

American writer, politician, ambassador, journalist and anti-Communist activist Clare Boothe Luce

Clare Boothe Luce was an American playwright, editor, journalist, ambassador, socialite and U.S. Congresswoman, representing the state of Connecticut.
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Ivan Goff, Writer and Producer, Is Dead at 89
NYTimes - over 18 years
Ivan Goff, co-creator of the television series ''Charlie's Angels'' and co-writer of the films ''White Heat,'' ''Captain Horatio Hornblower'' and ''Man of a Thousand Faces,'' died on Thursday at a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 89 and lived in Malibu. With his writing partner for 39 years, Ben Roberts, Mr. Goff turned out scripts for 25
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Essay; Absorbing The Outsiders
NYTimes - over 26 years
Sarmite Elerte, 34, strikes me as the most fascinating woman in the former Soviet union. In the dangerous early days of breakup, she was a key agitator for the Latvian Popular Front; in the recent period of new independence, she took time out to have a baby; in the sobering time of building a nation, she is becoming managing editor of Diena, the
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Clifford L. Abbey And Clare Luce Are Wed on L.I.
NYTimes - almost 30 years
LEAD: Clare Middleton Luce, the daughter of Margarget H. Howe of Cold Spring Harbor, L.I., and Peter P. Luce of Boulder, Colo., was married yesterday to Clifford Louis Abbey, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Vance Abbey of Sweet Home, Ore. The Rev. Dr. James I. McCord, the chancellor of the Center of Theological Inquiry at Princeton University and a
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NYTimes - almost 30 years
LEAD: Sylvia Jukes Morris's research into the life and times of the fascinating Clare Boothe Luce was both honest and gentle (''In Search of Clare Boothe Luce,'' Jan. 31). Sylvia Jukes Morris's research into the life and times of the fascinating Clare Boothe Luce was both honest and gentle (''In Search of Clare Boothe Luce,'' Jan. 31). This grand
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In Search of Clare Boothe Luce
NYTimes - about 30 years
LEAD: LATE IN THE FALL OF 1980, ARCHIE AND Selwa Roosevelt called me in New York and invited me to dinner in Washington. It seemed a long way to go for a party, until Selwa casually said, ''Clare Luce is coming.'' LATE IN THE FALL OF 1980, ARCHIE AND Selwa Roosevelt called me in New York and invited me to dinner in Washington. It seemed a long way
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NYTimes - almost 35 years
Phil Gailey is a reporter in the Washington bureau of The New York Times. The first time Edward Bennett Williams invited President Reagan to be his guest at the opening game of his baseball team, the Baltimore Orioles, was in 1981. Mr. Reagan failed to attend because a few days before the game he was wounded in an assassination attempt. That event,
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Charlotte Curtis; Irene Selznick: Her Story
NYTimes - about 35 years
THE view from Irene Mayer Selznick's dark green study is a peaceful one. She looks over Central Park, and on winter afternoons, when the sun is a faded pink, the dim light softens the buildings and bare trees, blurring their harsh lines. ''If I look across, I see the pond,'' she said. ''Down, I see book stalls, the walks and the trees. Even when
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NYTimes - over 36 years
THE LETTERS OF NUNNALLY JOHNSON Selected and Edited by Dorris Johnson and Ellen Leventhal. Foreword by Alistair Cooke. 281 pp. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. $16.50. MORE than half a century has passed since Nunnally Johnson first swam into my ken as the author of a humorous column in The New York Evening Post. By the time I arrived in Hollywood in
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  • 1987
    Luce died of brain cancer on October 9, 1987, at age 84, at her Watergate apartment in Washington, D.C. She is buried at Mepkin Abbey, South Carolina, a plantation that she and Henry Luce had once owned and given to a community of Trappist monks.
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  • 1983
    President Reagan awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1983.
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    President Reagan reappointed Luce to PFIAB. She served on the board until 1983.
  • 1979
    In 1979, she was the first female to be awarded the Sylvanus Thayer Award by the United States Military Academy at West Point.
  • 1977
    She remained on the board until President Jimmy Carter succeeded President Gerald Ford in 1977.
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  • 1973
    In 1973, President Richard Nixon named her to the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB).
  • 1967
    The Luces stayed together until Henry's death from a heart attack in 1967.
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  • 1964
    Luce's continuing anticommunism as well as her advocacy of conservatism led her to support Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona as the Republican candidate for president in 1964.
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  • 1959
    After Fidel Castro led a revolution in Cuba in 1959, Luce and her husband began to sponsor anticommunist groups.
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    She had served only four days, from April 28 to May 1, 1959, and she had never left American soil.
    In 1959, President Eisenhower nominated a recovered Luce to be the US Ambassador to Brazil.
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  • 1956
    The episode debilitated Luce physically and mentally, and she resigned her post in December 1956.
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  • 1955
    As ambassador, Luce consistently overestimated the possibility that the Italian left would mount a governmental coup and turn the country communist unless the democratic center was buttressed with generous American aid. Nurturing an image of her own country as a haven of social peace and prosperity, she threatened to boycott the 1955 Venice Film Festival if the American juvenile delinquent film Blackboard Jungle was shown.
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  • 1953
    Although Luce regarded the abatement of the acute phase of the crisis in December 1953 as a triumph for herself, the main work of settlement, finalized in October 1954, was undertaken by professional representatives of the five concerned powers (Britain, France, the United States, Italy, and Yugoslavia) meeting in London.
    Her principal achievement as ambassador was to play a vital role in negotiating a peaceful solution to the Trieste Crisis of 1953–1954, a border dispute between Italy and Yugoslavia that she saw as potentially escalating into a war between East and West.
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    She was confirmed by the Senate in March 1953, the first American woman ever to hold such an important diplomatic post.
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  • 1952
    Luce returned to politics during the 1952 presidential election and she campaigned on behalf of Republican candidate Dwight Eisenhower, giving more than 100 speeches on his behalf.
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  • 1948
    At the Republican National Convention in 1948, Luce delivered a similarly scathing speech, castigating President Harry S. Truman and his administration.
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  • 1946
    In 1946, she was the co-author of the Luce-Celler Act of 1946, which increased the numbers of Indians and Filipinos permitted to immigrate to the US (previously limited to only 100 per year), and allowed them ultimately to become naturalized citizens.
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    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.
  • 1945
    She was present at the liberation of several Nazi concentration camps in April 1945, and after V-E Day, she began warning against the rise of international Communism as another form of totalitarianism, likely to lead to World War III.
  • 1944
    Nevertheless, Roosevelt took a dislike to her and campaigned in 1944 to attempt to prevent her re-election, publicly calling her "a sharp-tongued glamor girl of forty."
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    On January 11, 1944, her daughter and only child, Ann Clare Brokaw, a senior at Stanford University, was killed in an automobile accident.
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  • 1942
    In 1942, Luce won a Republican seat in the United States House of Representatives representing Fairfield County, Connecticut, the 4th Congressional District.
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  • 1941
    Her profile of General Douglas Macarthur was on the cover of Life on December 8, 1941, the day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.
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    In 1941, Luce and her husband toured China and reported on the status of the country and its war with Japan.
  • 1939
    The latter work "presented an all-out attack on the Nazi's racist philosophy" Its opening night in Princeton, New Jersey, on October 14, 1939, was attended by Albert Einstein and Thomas Mann.
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  • 1935
    On November 23, 1935, she married Henry Robinson Luce, the publisher of Time, Life, and Fortune.
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  • 1931
    A writer with considerable powers of invention and wit, Luce published Stuffed Shirts, a promising volume of short stories, in 1931.
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  • 1923
    Highly intelligent, ambitious, and blessed with a deceptively fragile blonde beauty, the young Clare soon abandoned ideological feminism to pursue other interests. She wed George Tuttle Brokaw, millionaire heir to a New York clothing fortune, on August 10, 1923, at the age of 20. They had one daughter, Ann Clare Brokaw (August 22, 1924 – January 11, 1944). According to Boothe, Brokaw was a hopeless alcoholic, and the marriage ended in divorce in 1929.
  • 1919
    After a tour of Europe with her mother and stepfather, Dr. Albert E. Austin, whom Ann Boothe married in 1919, she became interested in the women's suffrage movement, and she was hired by Alva Belmont to work for the National Woman's Party in Washington, D.C. and Seneca Falls, New York.
    She attended the cathedral schools in Garden City and Tarrytown, New York, graduating first in her class in 1919 at 16.
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  • 1912
    Her parents were not married and would separate in 1912.
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  • 1903
    Luce was born Ann Clare Boothe in New York City on March 10, 1903, the second child of Anna Clara Schneider (also known as Ann Snyder Murphy, Ann Boothe, and Ann Clare Austin) and William Franklin Boothe (also known as "John J. Murphy" and "Jord Murfe").
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