Journalist. Born– March 28, 1909, in Bradford, Pa.; grew up in Mobile.  Parents– Royal and Juliet (Luttrell) Tucker. Married– Charles Christian Wertenbaker, September 1942 (died 1955). Children– Two. Married– Branwell Fletcher, September 1970. Education– University of Louisville.   Road secretary, Theatre Guild, Inc., of New York City, 1929-1938; foreign and war correspondent, Time, Inc., 1940-1955; freelance writer, after 1955; wrote scripts for CBS-TV (Orson Wells series) and for British television (Rediffusion series). Member of the board of Monadnock Music, National Repertory Theatre Foundation, Ossabaw Island Foundation. Awarded honorary doctorates by Keene State College (1975) and Franklin Pierce College. (1982). Died March 24, 1997.


Contemporary authors online; Who’s Who of American Women; International Authors and Writers’ Who’s Who; Foremost Women in Communications; obituary, New York Times, March 29,1997.


The Afternoon Women. Boston; Little, 1966.

Death of a Man. New York; Random House, 1957.

The Eye of the Lion. Boston; Little, 1964.

The Eye; Window to the World. Washington, D.C.; U.S. News Books, 1981.

Festival. New York; Random House, 1954.

Lament for Four Virgins. New York; Random House, 1952.

Mister Junior. Paterson, N.J.; Pageant Books, 1960.

Perilous Voyage. Boston; Little, 1975,

Rhyming Word Games. New York; Simon and Schuster, 1964.

To Mend the Heart. New York; Viking Press, 1980.

Unbidden Guests. Boston; Little, 1970.

Joint Publication(s):

The Hotchkiss School … Lakeville, Conn.; Hotchkiss School, 1966.

The Magic of Light; the Craft and Career of Jean Rosenthal…. Boston; Little, 1972.

Mercy Percy. New York: Lippincott, 1961.

Rhyming Word Games.  New York:  Simon & Schuster, 1964.

Tip and Dip. Philadelphia; Lippincott, 1960.

The World of Picasso (1881-1973). Time Life Books, 1967.

You and the Armed Services; an Up-to-Date Guide… New York; Simon and Schuster, 1961.