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Mary Soames
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    (September 15, 1922-May 31, 2014)
    Born in Westerham, Kent, England, United Kingdom
    Birth name was Mary Spencer Churchill
    Youngest child of Winston Churchill
    Married Conservative MP Christopher Soames (1947-87)
    Wrote 'Clementine Churchill: The Biography of a Marriage' (1979), 'Winston Churchill: His Life as a Painter' (1990) and 'A Daughter's Tale: The Memoir of Winston and Clementine Churchill's Youngest Child' (2012)
    Named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1980) and Lady Companion of the Order of the Garter (2005)
    She inherited her father's fondness for cigars.
    She was appointed chair of the board of trustees of the National Theatre, despite knowing so little about theater that during an early meeting she dispatched a note asking, 'Who is Ian McKellen?'
    She said that constantly answering questions from historians and journalists about her father made her feel 'like the last of the Mohicans.'
    During World War II, she joined the Red Cross (1939-41), then served in anti-aircraft batteries as a member of the Auxiliary Territorial Service (1941-46).
    She served as her father's aide-de-camp during several overseas journeys, including the Postdam Conference.
    Her biography of her mother won the Wolfson Prize for History.
    Unlike her mother, for whom 'Winston came first, second and third,' she made plenty of time for her children when they were growing up.

Credit: C. Fishel


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