“No man succeeds without a good woman..." - Godfrey Winn

Godfrey Herbert Winn (15 October 1906 – 19 June 1971) was an English journalist known as a columnist, and also a writer and actor.

Godfrey WInn on BBC Radio

“No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.” – Godfrey Winn.

Godfrey Herbert Winn (15 October 1906 – 19 June 1971) was an English journalist known as a columnist, and also a writer and actor.

Born in Kings Norton, Worcestershire, he attended King Edward's School, Birmingham. His career as a theatre actor began as a boy actor at the Haymarket Theatre and appeared in many plays and films. He went on to write a number of novels and biographical works, and became a star columnist for the Daily Mirror and the Sunday Express newspapers, where he wrote "Dear Abby" articles for lovelorn women, but was never married himself. Journalists nicknamed him 'Winifred God' because of his popularity with women readers.

In 1939 was the first British war correspondent to cross the Maginot Line. He served as a Royal Navy able seaman, during WW2, on HMS Ganges. His book PQ17 was an account of his experiences on Convoy PQ 17 during the Second World War. After the war he wrote numerous books and magazine articles, and appeared on radio and television as well as in films. He frequently compered the BBC Radio show Housewives' Choice, with David Jacobs, from the early 1950s to the mid-1960s. He was a friend of W. Somerset Maugham and it is said that the character George Potter in Maugham's 1941 book Strictly Personal was based on him.

Winn died from a heart attack at the age of 64, while playing tennis at home in Brighton. His only known companion was a pet dog.

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