Clare Boothe LUCE, Congress, CT (1903-1987)


LUCE, Clare Boothe, (stepdaughter of Albert E. Austin), a Representative from Connecticut; born in New York City, on March 10, 1903; graduated from St. Mary’s School, Garden City, Long Island, N.Y., and from Miss Mason’s 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, President’s 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.


Morris, Sylvia Jukes. Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Boothe Luce. New York: Random House, 1997.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present