Evelyn Irons

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Evelyn Irons


Evelyn Irons


















Evelyn Irons lived the length of the twentieth century, being born in Scotland in 1900, and dying shortly before her 100th birthday in 2000. Her early journalistic career was as the fashion editor of the Daily Mail, although she became much better known later in life as a war correspondent. (The Mail sacked her for being unfashionable.) At the time of her appearance as a judge in the WR, she was having an affair with fellow-judge Vita Sackville-West, although her main partner – they were briefly involved in a menage a trois – was Olive Rinder. Sackville-West dedicated a collection of poems to her.

She was the first British female war reporter to reach Hitler’s bunker in 1945, and, earlier, one of the first into Paris (she received the Croix de Guerre).

There is a good brief obituary of her here.

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