Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987)
Playwright, novelist; first U.S. Congresswoman from Connecticut; ambassador to Italy
Clare Boothe Luce was elected to the United States Congress in 1942. She was also a noted author, editor, and playwright. She worked for "Vanity Fair" writing satirical pieces about society, before ultimately becoming the magazine’s managing editor in 1934. Her breakout Broadway hit, "The Women", was produced in 1936 and she went on to write and produce several other commercial successes. While in Congress, she was named to the Committee on Military Affairs and was critical of President Roosevelt’s foreign policy and management of the war effort. She was also an advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment and the racial integration of the armed forces. She was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. The residence is located at 1275 King Street in Greenwich.
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