Month: December 2008

Drunk and Ugly

Drunk and Ugly

What is the truth or false­hood of the famous exchange between Churchill and a woman (Nan­cy Astor?) who accused him of being drunk? Did it real­ly take place? —J.M.

It’s true, but the lady was Bessie Brad­dock MP, and Churchill’s retort was not strict­ly orig­i­nal. From my book, Churchill by Him­self, page 573:

Bessie Brad­dock MP: “Win­ston, you are drunk, and what’s more you are dis­gust­ing­ly drunk.”

WSC: Bessie, my dear, you are ugly, and what’s more, you are dis­gust­ing­ly ugly. But tomor­row I shall be sober and you will still be dis­gust­ing­ly ugly. —1946. Ronald Gold­ing to the Editor.…

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