ALICE ROHE #100travelHERS
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Birth: January 15, 1876; Lawrence, Kansas
Death: April 7, 1957; New York City
Occupation: Journalist, photographer, first female overseas bureau chief for United Press
Notable journeys: In 1914, went to Rome as as bureau chief for the United Press International Bureau and covered WWI for several major publications. Photographed the Balkans for the Red Cross in 1919 and lived in Italy until 1935 to observe the rise of Mussolini.
Notable work: Large collection of articles; Our Littlest Ally (National Geographic pamphlet about San Marino); Italy’s Man of Tomorrow
Quote: From her interview with Benito Mussolini: “We sat talking, this dark, smooth-shaven man of 38 and myself, in the parlor of his Rome hotel. I noticed as he waited—rather critically, I thought—for me to launch my questions, that his eyes were almost as contradictory as his mouth. They were piercing, commanding, blazing eyes, but they also were brooding and melancholy eyes. Mussolini’s mouth is strong, determined, domineering, uncompromising. The lips are neither thin nor thick, but the upper lip is so curved as to accentuate an unmistakable sensuousness. His teeth are white and even. His nose is large, well formed, suggestive of power. His head, upon which the short black hair is thinning on top, is of that dominating, aggressive, powerful type one associates with old Roman leaders.”