|Photograph, 1955, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives|
LUCE, Clare Boothe, (stepdaughter of Albert E. Austin),
a Representative from Connecticut; born in New York City, on March
10, 1903; graduated from St. Marys School, Garden City, Long Island, N.Y., and
from Miss Masons School at Tarrytown, N.Y., in 1919, writer, associate editor,
and managing editor of Vanity Fair, 1929-1934; administrative representative of
the public to the National Recovery Administration Code Authority for the
legitimate theater and motion pictures in 1934; author, playwright, journalist,
foreign correspondent, and lecturer; elected as a Republican to the
Seventy-eighth and Seventy-ninth Congresses (January 3, 1943-January 3, 1947);
was not a candidate for renomination in 1946; engaged in writing; United States
Ambassador to Italy, March 2, 1953-January 4, 1957; confirmed as United States
Ambassador to Brazil April 28, 1959, but resigned three days later on May 1,
1959; member, Presidents Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, 1973-1977 and
1982-1987; was a resident of Washington, D.C., until her death there on October
9, 1987; interment at Mepkin Abbey, Moncks Corner, S.C.
BibliographyMorris, Sylvia Jukes.
Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Boothe Luce. New York:
Random House, 1997.