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Martha Gellhorn
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    (November 8, 1908-February 15, 1998)
    Born in St. Louis, Missouri
    War correspondent
    Reporter for Collier's and the Atlantic Monthly
    Covered the Spanish Civil War, World War II, the Vietnam War and the Six-Day War
    Wrote 'The Face of War' (1959), 'Vietnam: A New Kind of War' (1966), 'Travels with Myself and Another' (1978) and 'The View from the Ground' (1988)
    Married Ernest Hemingway (1940-45)
    Committed suicide by drug overdose while battling cancer
    She was openly partisan in her writing, dismissing 'all that objectivity shit.'
    While married to Hemingway, she had an affair with General James M. Gavin.
    She allegedly loathed Hemingway so much that she aborted their child without ever telling him that she was pregnant.
    She resented being viewed as 'a footnote in someone else's life' and as a condition of interviews would demand that Hemingway's name not be mentioned.
    She chain smoked.
    She referred to Arabs as 'wogs.'
    She wrote a letter to her adopted son Sandy declaring, 'You are a poor and stupid little fellow in my eyes. I’d be so damned ashamed to be you, I’d want to jump off a cliff.'
    She wrote a clause in her will specifying that Sandy would lose his share of her inheritance if he were overweight.
    One biographer wrote, 'Martha Gellhorn was blonde, leggy, smart, sassy, impassioned — and one terrific writer.'
    When Hemingway began covering WWII as well, he used his influence to try to block her travel.
    When she was denied press credentials to cover D-Day, she stowed away on a hospital ship and hit the beach disguised as a stretcher bearer.
    She was among the first journalists to report on the liberation on the Dachau concentration camp.
    At age 81, she travelled to Panama to cover the US invasion.
    After she was raped at age 80, she wrote, 'Fear is only damaging if you let it change your attitudes and actions, which certainly I shall not.'
    She went nearly blind after a botched operation for cataracts (1992).

Credit: C. Fishel


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