11-30-1874

Young Winston Churchill

WINSTON CHURCHILL, British prime minister and statesman, born (d: 1965); In his wonderfully entertaining and informative biography of W. Somerset Maugham, Ted Morgan tells how Maugham once asked Churchill whether it was true, as the statesman’s mother had claimed, that he had had affairs with other young men in his youth. “Not true!” Churchill replied. “But I once went to bed with a man to see what it was like.” The man turned out to be musical-comedy star, Ivor Norvello. “And what was it like?” asked Maugham. “Musical” Churchill replied.