Rep. Clare Boothe Luce

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Rep. Ann Clare Luce (Boothe)

Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Death: October 09, 1987 (84)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
Place of Burial: Mepkin Abbey, South Carolina, Luce family Plantation
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Franklin Boothe, Boothe and Anna Clara Boothe, Schneider/
Wife of Henry Robinson Luce
Ex-wife of George Tuttle Brokaw
Mother of Ann Clare Brokaw
Sister of David Franklin Boothe

Occupation: Journalist, Playwright, U.S. Rep, Ambassador to Italy
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About Rep. Clare Boothe Luce

Clare Boothe Luce (born Ann Boothe) was the second illegitimate child of Anna Clara Schneider and William Franklin Boothe. Raised in New York City by her divorced mother, she attended private schools in the U.S. and France after her mother re-married in 1919. She spent her childhood in Chicago, Illinois; Union City, New Jersey; New York City, New York; and Memphis, Tennessee. It was in Memphis that the Boothe-Snyder family began using the surnames Murphy and Murfé.

From the 1930s through the 1960s Boothe blazed a trail as a successful writer, socialite and political dabbler -- and stayed in the headlines as the wife of Henry Luce, the publisher of Time, Fortune and LIFE magazines.

Clare was married to millionaire George Tuttle Brokaw (23 years her senior) from 1923 to 1929, but after her divorce she struck out on her own, using her private school connections to land a job at Vogue magazine. Ambitious and talented, by 1933 she was an editor for Vanity Fair. She married Luce in 1935 and turned her attention to writing plays, finding huge success with The Women (1936) and Kiss the Boys Goodbye (1938).

A conservative Republican, during the 1940s she was a critic of President Franklin Roosevelt and a war reporter in Europe and Asia, mostly for LIFE magazine. She served as Connecticut's first woman congressman (1943-47) and her campaign work for Republican presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952 helped get her an ambassadorship to Italy (1953-56).

After her husband's death in 1967, Boothe withdrew somewhat from the limelight, "settling" in Hawaii but spending most of her time in Washington, D.C., where later she ended up in a minor advisory capacity under presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.

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Rep. Clare Boothe Luce's Timeline

April 10, 1903
New York, New York, United States
August 25, 1924
Age 21
October 9, 1987
Age 84
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
Won deceased stepfather (Dr. Austin) Republican seat in the House of Representatives from Connecticut
Mepkin Abbey, South Carolina, Luce family Plantation