BOOKS: A WOMAN OF MEANS: CLARE BOOTHE LUCE

CLARE BOOTHE LUCE SEEMED TO HAVE IT ALL; A NEW BIOGRAPHY TELLS HOW SHE WENT ABOUT GETTING IT

She may be only one of history's footnotes now, but in her heyday Clare Boothe Luce was, after Eleanor Roosevelt, the most talked-about woman in America. She seemingly had it all: she was married to two men of wealth; she was a headlining journalist (for LIFE and the original Vanity Fair); a successful playwright (The Women); a two-term Congresswoman from Connecticut; and later U.S. ambassador to Italy. She had a merciless wit and stunning looks to go with her smarts. Drawing on interviews with family, friends and Luce herself, as well as her papers in the Library of Congress, Rage for...

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