Role Model for Women War Correspondents Dies at the Age of 89
The pioneering American woman war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, third wife of Ernest Hemingway, has died in London at the age of 89.
Gellhorn, who began her career during the Spanish civil war and went on to cover Vietnam and the Arab-Israeli wars, had been suffering from cancer and other ailments.
"She had been quite ill for some time, but her mind was sharp to the end. I had dinner with her a few weeks ago," said journalist Marie Colvin, a close friend of Gellhorn's.
Colvin said that although Gellhorn had been ill, her death was "quite sudden."
Gellhorn was the world's first female war correspondent and has been a role model for women journalists ever since.
"Hers was a different kind of journalism. She was very passionate," said Colvin.
Colvin said she believed Gellhorn had died early yesterday, but other sources said she had died on Sunday, possibly after a fall.
Gellhorn was born in St Louis in 1908. She met Hemingway in Florida in 1936 at the famous "Sloppy Joe's" bar in Key West.
The couple married in 1940, but five years later, Gellhorn called an end to the relationship while they were staying at London's Dorchester Hotel.
Forever after, she resented being known best for her link with the American writer. …