Both a playwright and a stateswoman, she was one of America's biggest celebrities during the 1930s and '40s. She wrote the 1936 hit play, The Women.
After the dissolution of her brief first marriage, she joined the writing staff of Vogue magazine. Eventually, she transitioned into writing acclaimed Broadway plays.
Gaining even more prominence after marrying acclaimed publisher Henry Luce, she used her status to become a strong political voice for peace.
She was born in New York City, the illegitimate child of Ann Clare Snyder and William Franklin Boothe. She was married twice: first, to George Tuttle Brokaw, with whom she had a child, and later to Henry Robinson Luce.
She was a supporter of Dwight Eisenhower in 1952. When he took power, she was awarded the position of U.S. Ambassador to Italy; hers was the first diplomatic post to a major country to be held by a woman.