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Grace Halsell (1923-2000), journalist and author, worked
for several Texas newspapers between 1942 and 1965, including
the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and the Washington Bureau of The Houston Post.  From 1965 to 1968, she worked as a staff writer for
President Lyndon B. Johnson. She was assigned to write
official statements and became the highest-ranking woman
on his staff at the time. Halsell wrote thirteen books.
In her writings she emphasized love and tolerance
for others and went to great effort to change her
physical appearance to experience how other
ethnicities lived. In 2000, Halsell died in
Washington, D.C., of complications from
treatment for multiple myeloma,
a cancer related to the medicine
she took to darken her skin
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TCU’s Special Collections holds
Halsell’s papers. Click here for the
online finding aid to the collection.

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Photographs of Halsell’s early career

Carswell picThe English ChannelMexicoMunich 1952Pretty with camera undatedPretty undatedStar Telegram B36 BomberStar Telegram c. 1945Star Telegram

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