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Clare Boothe Luce


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Clare Boothe Luce (March 10, 1903 – October 9, 1987) was the first American woman appointed to a major ambassadorial post abroad. A versatile author, she is best known for her 1936 hit play The Women, which had an all-female cast. Her writings extended from drama and screen scenarios to fiction, journalism, and war reportage. She was the wife of Henry Luce, publisher of Time, Life and ... more »

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  • Much of what Mr. Wallace calls his global thinking is, no matter how you slice it, still "globaloney." Mr. Wallace's warp of sense and his woof of nonsense is very tricky cloth out of which to cut the...
    Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987), U.S. playwright, diplomat. speech, Feb. 9, 1943, to Congress. Congressional Record, vol. 89. Referring to Vice Pres...
  • ''Always remember, Peggy, it's matrimonial suicide to be jealous when you have a really good reason.''
    Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987), U.S. diplomat, writer. Edith, in The Women, act 3 (1936).
  • ''You know, that's the only good thing about divorce; you get to sleep with your mother.''
    Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987), U.S. diplomat, writer. Little Mary, in The Women, act 3 (1936).
  • ''A man has only one escape from his old self: to see a different self—in the mirror of some woman's eyes.''
    Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987), U.S. diplomat, writer. Mrs. Morehead, in The Women, act 1 (1936).
  • ''Communism is the opiate of the intellectuals [with] no cure except as a guillotine might be called a cure for dandruff.''
    Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987), U.S. diplomat, writer. Newsweek (New York, Jan. 24, 1955).
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