Marriage and family

Although homosexual,[5] Maugham entered into a relationship with Syrie Wellcome, the wife of Henry Wellcome, an American-born English pharmaceutical magnate. They had a daughter named Mary Elizabeth Maugham, (1915–1998).[19] Henry Wellcome sued his wife for divorce, naming Maugham as co-respondent.[20]

In May 1917, following the decree absolute, Syrie Wellcome and Maugham were married. Syrie Maugham became a noted interior decorator who in the 1920s popularized "the all-white room." Their daughter was familiarly called Liza and her surname was changed to Maugham.

The marriage was unhappy,[5] and Syrie divorced him in 1929, finding his relationship and travels with Haxton too difficult to live with.

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