VIEWPOINTS: Femmes Fatales

Winston Churchill was born 101 years ago—under something of a cloud.

Cynics noted that his parents had been married only seven months. His father, Lord Randolph Churchill, was a fláneur.

As for Winston's mama, Jennie Jerome, she was that peculiarly erotic species, an American. Brooklyn-born Jennie had already caught the Prince of Wales' cruising eye. As Randolph reached for political power, the Prince—and other men—reached for Jennie. Yet when it became apparent that Randolph had contracted syphilis, the prodigious Jen nie abandoned her great love (an Austrian diplomat) to take her mad hus...

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