spacer Mary Welsh Hemingway's marriage to Martha Gellhorn had difficulties from its outset in 1940, and its dissolution became certain when he met Mary Welsh, a member of Time's European staff, shortly after he arrived in England to begin covering World War II. Among Welsh's most alluring qualities was a willingness to flatter and cater to him.

The couple's wartime courtship almost ended in Paris when, in a fit of jealousy over Welsh's estranged husband, a well-lubricated Hemingway shot up a hotel toilet bowl. When Hemingway left Europe early in 1945, however, he and Welsh were planning to be married.

Mary Welsh Hemingway 1908-1986
Unidentified photographer / Gelatin silver print, circa 1944
Image courtesy Ernest Hemingway Collection, John F. Kennedy Library, Boston, Massachusetts


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