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Martha Gellhorn

Born Nov 8, 1908

Martha Ellis Gellhorn was an American novelist, travel writer, and journalist, considered by the London Daily Telegraph, among others, to be one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century. She reported on virtually every major world conflict that took place during her 60-year career. Gellhorn was also the third wife of American novelist Ernest Hemingway, from 1940 to 1945. At the age of 89, ill and almost completely blind, she committed suicide.… Read More

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1908 Birth Born on November 8, 1908.


1926 17 Years Old Gellhorn graduated in 1926 from John Burroughs School in St. Louis and enrolled in Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia.
1927 18 Years Old In 1927, she left before graduating to pursue a career as a journalist. … Read More


1930 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1930, determined to become a foreign correspondent, she went to France for two years where she worked at the United Press bureau in Paris. … Read More
1936 27 Years Old Gellhorn first met Hemingway during a 1936 Christmas family trip to Key West. … Read More
1938 29 Years Old Later, from Germany, she reported on the rise of Adolf Hitler and in 1938 was in Czechoslovakia. … Read More


1940 31 Years Old 1 More Event
She and Hemingway lived together off and on for four years, before marrying in December, 1940 (Hemingway also lived with his second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer, until 1939).
1943 34 Years Old Increasingly resentful of Gellhorn's long absences during her reporting assignments, Hemingway wrote her when she left their Finca Vigía estate near Havana in 1943, to cover the Italian Front: "Are you a war correspondent, or wife in my bed?" Hemingway himself, however, would later go to the front just before the Normandy landings, and Gellhorn would soon follow, with Hemingway trying to block her travel. When she arrived by means of a dangerous ocean voyage in war-torn London, she told him she had had enough. After four contentious years of marriage, they divorced in 1945. … Read More


1949 40 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She was a frequent visitor to Israel after 1949, and in the 1960s considered moving to Israel.
1954 45 Years Old In 1954 she married the former managing editor of Time Magazine, Tom Matthews, and settled down in London, which was to be her home for the rest of her life, although she and Matthews were divorced in 1963.


1972 63 Years Old In 1972 she wrote:
1998 89 Years Old Gellhorn died in London in 1998, aged 89, committing suicide by drug overdose after a long battle with cancer and near total blindness. … Read More
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