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Monica Lewinsky

Intern / Political Scandal Figure

Born: 23 July 1973
Birthplace: San Francisco, California
Best known as: The intern who had an affair with President Bill Clinton

Monica Lewinsky is the woman whose sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton led to one of the biggest presidential scandals in history and Clinton's impeachment. Lewinsky was a recent college graduate when she took a position as an intern in the White House in 1995. The news broke in January of 1998 that Linda Tripp, a former co-worker, had Lewinsky on tape talking about an illicit affair between Lewinsky and President Clinton. Eventually Lewinsky was granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for detailed testimony of her liaisons with Clinton, who, in public and under oath, had denied any sexual relationship. When Clinton was forced to admit an "inappropriate relationship," the House of Representatives impeached him. Clinton was eventually acquitted after a trial by the U.S. Senate, but the scandal marred the last three years of his administration. Lewinsky told her side in the 1999 book Monica's Story (written by Andrew Morton). She later appeared as a spokesperson for the Jenny Craig weight loss program, hosted the TV reality show Mr. Personality for one season in 2003, and dabbled in a new career as a handbag designer.

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Monica Lewinsky graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 1995… She received a Masters degree from the London School of Economics in 2006. A news release from Lewinsky’s publicist said that the LSE degree was in Social Psychology and that her thesis was titled “In Search of the Impartial Juror: An exploration of the third person effect and pre-trial publicity”… Lewinsky’s case is sometimes compared to the sadder tale of another Washington intern, the late Chandra Levy.

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