Clare Boothe Luce | Samuel FrenchAmbassador and public conservative figure. She was the first American woman appointed to a major ambassadorial post abroad. A versatile author, she is best known for her hit play The Women , which had an all-female cast. Her writings extended from drama and screen scenarios to fiction, journalism and war reportage. Politically, Luce was a leading conservative in later life and was well known for her anti-communism. Known as a charismatic and forceful public speaker, especially after her conversion to Roman Catholicism in , she campaigned for every Republican presidential candidate from Wendell Willkie to Ronald Reagan. Murphy" and "Jord Murfe".
Clare Boothe Luce, the Conservative Politician Who Wrote an All-Female Play
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Substance: Character study of women reacting to straying husbands, with a few straying wives included. Hate masquerading as friendship. Pride leading to fall. That sort of thing. The protagonist is Luce's second play, a three-act bitchfest that ran for performances on Broadway and was subsequently adapted into a somewhat Production Code-sanitized but still plenty snappy MGM film by She was twice elected to the House of Representatives from to and served as an ambassador to Italy from to
In , the illustrious Luce granted an interview to Rodelle Wientraub, assistant editor of a humble literary journal called The Shaw Review. A melodrama without a trace of humor, it was a flop. The reviews would have discouraged anyone less stubborn than I to abandon playwrighting forever. Another not-quite-as-succesful Hollywood version was made in None of them has ever managed to create a believable flesh and blood, attractive female character. They are catty back-stabbers, with the exception of the too-good-to-be-true protagonist Mary. By the end spoiler alert!