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Claire Luce


Stage and display screen celebrity and dancer who all starred in the initial 1932 Broadway music creation of Gay Divorce and in the 1937 Broadway creation Of Mice and Men. In 1921, she produced her Broadway debut in Small Jesse Adam. She made an appearance in the movies In the River, Over She Goes, and Let’s Make a Nights It. She wedded Clifford W. Smith. She starred contrary Fred Astaire in the musical Gay Divorce.

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Date Of Birth October 15, 1903
Died August 31, 1989, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth New York
Height 1.6 m
Profession Stage Actress
Nationality American
Children Ann Clare Brokaw
Parents William Franklin Boothe, Anna Clara Schneider
Siblings David Franklin Boothe
Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom
Nominations Academy Award for Best Story
Movies Over She Goes, Under Secret Orders, Lazybones, Up the River, Let's Make a Night of It, Vintage Wine
Star Sign Libra

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1Luce enjoyed a long career on Broadway, appearing there from 1923-1952. She appeared in a number of hits, starring opposite Fred Astaire in the Broadway version of "Gay Divorce" in 1932 and "Of Mice and Men" in 1937 (see Other Work).



Matinee Theatre1955-1956TV SeriesJean Blake
Broadway Television Theatre1953-1954TV SeriesMuriel Flood / Nell O'Neill / Deborah Kane / ...
Lights Out1952TV Series
Cameo Theatre1951-1952TV Series
Tales of Tomorrow1952TV SeriesRose
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1949TV SeriesBecky Sharp
Under Secret Orders1937Gaby, Rene's Girl
Over She Goes1937Pamela Ward
Let's Make a Night of It1937Viola Vanders
Vintage Wine1935Nina Popinot
Lazybones1935Kitty McCarthy
Up the River1930Judy Fields



Over She Goes1937performer: "A County Wedding", "I Breathe On Windows", "Over She Goes"
Let's Make a Night of It1937performer: "The Spider and the Fly", "Havana"

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