Clare Boothe Luce, From Broadway to the Cold War

Mar 17, 2020 158


Today, Clare Boothe Luce is perhaps best remembered as the playwright who authored The Women — a searing 1936 send-up of malevolent, boring Park Avenue ladies. Yet as the United States’ ambassador to Italy from 1953 to 1956, she also played a directly historical role.

A hard-line anticommunist, sent to Italy at the height of the Cold War, she was tasked, among other things, with making sure the Italian Communist Party (PCI) did not come to power — a victory which would have upset the NATO ties between Italy and the United States.

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