(1903-87) a US politician and journalist who also wrote plays. She was the managing editor of Vanity Fair magazine (1933-4). Her best-known plays include The Women (1936), which became a 1939 film with roles for 135 women and no men, and Kiss the Boys Goodbye (1938). Luce was a Republican member of the House of Representatives (1943-7), and she later became the US ambassador (= senior government representative) in Italy (1953-7). Her husband Henry Luce (1898-1967) started Time magazine.