Eve Denise Curie-Labouisse

Eve Denise Curie-Labouisse

French and American writer and public figure.
Date of Birth: 06.12.1904
Country: France

  1. Biography of Eva Denise Curie-Labouisse
  2. Early Life and Writing Career
  3. World War II and Resistance
  4. Post-War Years and Marriage
  5. Humanitarian Work
  6. Later Years and Legacy

Biography of Eva Denise Curie-Labouisse

Eva Denise Curie-Labouisse, a French and American writer and social activist, was born on December 6, 1904, in Paris, France. She was the second daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie, renowned scientists and Nobel Prize winners.

Early Life and Writing Career

In 1937, Eva Curie wrote a biographical essay about her mother's life, which earned her the American National Book Award. The following year, a film adaptation of the book was released, starring Greer Garson. Aside from her work on her mother's biography, Eva Curie also wrote about music, theater, and cinema.

World War II and Resistance

During the occupation of France in 1940, Eva Curie was evacuated to England. In 1943, she published chronicles of her travels to the frontlines of World War II. She actively participated in the Resistance movement against the Nazi occupation of France.

Post-War Years and Marriage

After the war, Eva Curie returned to Paris and became a co-publisher of an evening newspaper from 1945 to 1949. In 1952, she was appointed as a special advisor to the Secretary-General of NATO and held this position until 1954 when she met Henry Richardson Labouisse Jr., the American ambassador to Greece. They soon married.

Humanitarian Work

For 15 years, Labouisse served as the head of the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF). In 1965, he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of UNICEF for its active role in promoting peace and international cooperation. From 1962 to 1965, Eva Curie-Labouisse served as the head of UNICEF in Greece.

Later Years and Legacy

In 1958, Eva Curie-Labouisse became a naturalized citizen of the United States and resided in New York. She continued to write and remained involved in various humanitarian efforts. Eva Curie-Labouisse passed away on October 22, 2007, at the age of 102, leaving behind a legacy of activism and literary contributions.