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Angie Dickinson and John F. Kennedy. Gorgeous starlet Angie Dickinson, had a discreet affair with JFK. A beauty contest winner, Angie entered films in the 1954. One of the roles for which she is best remembered is the mistress of a gangster played by Ronald Reagan in The Killers (1964).
Carrie Phillips and Warren Harding. Carrie had a 15-year relationship with Harding. She was the wife of a longtime friend. During Harding's presidential campaign in 1920, Carrie demanded that Harding divorce his wife and marry her. Carrie threatened to release their many love letters to the press -- although Harding had already given her a Cadillac and offered her $5,000 a year. To avoid the campaign distraction, Harding’s campaign managers paid Carrie more than $20,000. In addition, he sent Carrie and her husband on a trip around the world.
Jayne Mansfield and John F. Kennedy. Jayne was widely rumored to have slept with JFK in the White House on three separate occasions. While attending the University of Texas she won several beauty contests in the early '50s — Miss Photoflash, Miss Fire Prevention Week . She went to Hollywood to try to fulfill her movie-star dreams. She was a Playboy Playmate in February '55. Jayne won the Golden Globe as the Most Promising Newcomer of '57. However, by the 1960s, Jayne’s career had declined into one of cheesy sexploitation and jokey guest appearances. Jayne died in 1967 her car slammed into the back of a truck on a fog-shrouded highway near New Orleans
Mary Pinchot Meyer and John F. Kennedy. Born to wealth she attended upper-crust private schools, through which young Mary met both her future husband (Cord Meyers) and future lover (JFK). Mary was the wife of a top-level CIA official and one of JFK’s lovers during his Presidency. She was also a reporter for Mademoiselle. When free-spirited Mary decided to try LSD, she turned to Timothy Leary. Mary was murdered on a Georgetown towpath beside a canal in October 1964.
Nan Britton and Warren Harding. Nan wrote a best-selling book in 1927, titled ''The President's Daughter'', which detailed stories of a sexual liaison she had with Warren Harding between 1917 (when she was barely 21 years old) and 1923. Nan’s book reported the Harding’s wife nearly caught them in the act in coat closet (a secret service agent, intervened) Harding’s father once told his son, ''If you were a girl you'd always been in a family way - you can't say no.'' Despite Harding’s libidinous reputation, many historians now doubt Nan’s claims. In 1923, with his administration’s financial scandals filling the pages of newspapers, the president left Washington to tour of the West Coast and Alaska. He died in a San Francisco hotel room. The cause of death was reported as a stroke. Mrs. Harding had refused to have an autopsy done on her husband. Later an agent for the FBI published a report claiming that Harding’s wife had poisoned him.
Judith Campbell Exner and John F. Kennedy. Born to a well-off family that settled in Pacific Palisades California, Exner possessed a seductive beauty. At 18 she married actor Bill Campbell and, through him, became part of a fast Hollywood crowd. Divorced six years later, she dated Frank Sinatra. Her affair with Kennedy then ensued. Judith said she had an 18-month affair with Kennedy before and after he entered the White House. Judith made waves in 1977 with her autobiography, ''My Story,'' that included a description of her alleged affair with Kennedy., Judith said she ended a two-year affair because she hated being ''the other woman.''
Inga Arvad and John F. Kennedy. The television movie ''JFK: Reckless Youth'' covers on JFK's torrid love affair with Inga, a Danish journalist for the Washington Times-Herald. Inga won beauty contests, including one in Berlin. Hitler invited her to his box at the 1936 Olympics, and pronounced her the perfect Nordic beauty. Inga had also acted in Berlin movies. She was married a Hungarian film director. 28 year-old Inga, who wrote a gossip column, made the 24 year-old JFK (then a naval intelligence officer) the subject of her column, calling him a ''a boy with a future.'' Suspecting she was a Nazi spy, the FBI bugged her Washington DC apartment. The smitten JFK was promptly transferred to the Pacific. She went to Hollywood and married the cowboy actor Tim McCoy.
William Rufus de Vane King and James Buchanan. King and Buchanan shared a long-time intimate friendship and quarters in Washington, DC. Buchanan called their relationship a communion. Rufus, was referred as his ''better half,'' ‘''his wife,'' and ''Aunt Fancy.'' Upon Kings appointment as minister to France, Buchanan wrote: ''I am now 'solitary and alone,' having no companion in the house with me. I have gone a wooing to several gentleman, but have not succeeded with any of them. I feel that it is not good for man to be alone; and should not be astonished to find myself married to some old maid who can nurse me when I am sick, provide good dinners from me when I am well, and not expect from me any very ardent or romantic affection.'' Elected Franklin Pierce’s vice president, King died before serving under him.
Marion (Mimi) Fahnestock and John F. Kennedy. In 2003, Mimi confirmed to the world that as a prep school senior, she caught the eye of JFK. ''From June 1962 to November 1963, I was involved in a sexual relationship with President Kennedy.'' The admission came after a new biography alleged an affair between the President and an unidentified intern.
Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy. Before she was a movie star, Marilyn was a model gracing the covers of hundreds of magazines and winning beauty contests (she was 1947's Miss California Artichoke Queen). Nothing about JFK and Marilyn’s affair appeared in print while they were alive. Now biographical accounts of both figures include their affair as a certainty. In infamous film footage, she sings a breathy and seductive rendition of “Happy Birthday” to JFK in May 1962. She wore a revealing dress into which she literally was sewn. The President had a history of back trouble. After a rendezvous with Kennedy in New York, Marilyn giggled and confided to a friend, '' I think I made his back feel better.'' She died in August 5, 1962.
Blaze Starr and John F. Kennedy. Most noted for her flaming red hair and a 44DD-25-35 figure, Blaze became one of the most noted strippers in the world. In “RFK: A Candid Biography” author C. David Heymann writes that JFK attributed his success in the Richard Nixon debate to a fling beforehand with stripper Blaze Starr, with whom he had sex in a hotel closet while her fiancé, Governor Earl Long, was hosting a party in the room next door. She also became a pin-up sensation with the help of legendary photographer and director Russ Meyers.
Gennifer Flowers and Bill Clinton. Gennifer, a former Little Rock newscaster who now coos lounge-jazz standards Gennifer Flowers, who claimed in 1992 to be then-presidential candidate Clinton's lover. ''I loved him, and he loved me,'' she said. Several years later, the Flowers scandal resurfaced following reports that Clinton admitted to the relationship under oath during his deposition in an unrelated sexual harassment lawsuit brought by former Arkansas employee Paula Jones. Gennifer said she started seeing Clinton 18 months after Clinton and his wife Hillary had been married but had no child. At the time Gennifer was 27, and the relationship lasted until she was 40.
Lucia Gilbert Calhoun and James Garfield. Lucia was an 18 year-old reporter for The New York Time when her relationship with Garfield began. In 1864, the future President’s wife Lucretia learned of their affair. After confessing his guilt, Lucretia made it clear that Garfield must either give up the relationship or get a divorce. He chose his marriage.
Alice Glass and Lyndon B. Johnson . Before he became President but while he was a Congressman and already married to Lady Bird Johnson, LBJ began his affair with Alice. She was later the wife, but at the time live-in partner, of publisher Charles E Marsh. Marsh was one of Johnson’s wealthiest political supporters. The earthy Johnson who at 6' 3'' was the second tallest President. He would show off his penis, which he called ''Jumbo.'' to embarrassed Senate colleagues. After his death, when asked about her husband's reputation for womanizing, Lady Bird said, ''Well, Lyndon loved the human race . . . and half of the human race are women.''
Pamela Turnure and John F. Kennedy. FBI documents, released in 1998 by the National Archives, center on an effort by Florence Mary Kater to call public attention to what she said was evidence Kennedy was sexually involved with his secretary, Pamela, while he was a U.S. senator. Pamela later was first lady Jacqueline Kennedy's secretary. The documents indicate that Kater, sent letters to dozens of news organizations and the FBI beginning in 1959 and through at least 1963. At one point, Mrs. Kater picketed the White House to make her point.
Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson. Sally was one of Thomas Jefferson slaves and reputedly his mistress for thirty-six years, but after the death of his wife. Scientific DNA evidence strongly suggests a sexual relationship. She was the daughter of Jefferson's father-in-law and a slave woman. The relationship began when she was 14. The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation acknowledged that Jefferson likely fathered one, if not all six, of the children of his slave Sally.
Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton. In 1995 Monica was a recent college graduate with a position as an intern in the White House. In January of 1998 the news broke that Linda Tripp, a former co-worker, had Monica on tape talking about an illicit affair between Lewinsky and president Bill 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 admitted an ''inappropriate relationship'', the House of Representatives impeached him. Monica’s resume listed her “Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.''
Kay Summersby and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Kay’s name is often included in the pantheon of presidential mistresses. She was General Eisenhower’s military chauffeur during WWII. Kay had fallen for her boss after her American fiancée died during the war. Their relationship may have been more innocent than made-for-TV movies depict. In 1948, she published ''Ike Was My Boss,'' an account of their friendship. The vivacious Kay charmed Ike. Eisenhower talked of his ''rather lonely life'' abroad and how he yearned for ''feminine companionship.'' His frail wife Mamie, was 3,000 miles away.
Lucy Mercer and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Before Franklin D. Roosevelt became President, Lucy was Eleanor Roosevelt's Social Secretary. Mrs. Roosevelt found out about FDR’s and Lucy’s relationship when she came across a package of Lucy's letters in FDR's luggage. FDR promised to give it up rather than divorce. Their marriage became more of political partnership than a loving relationship. Although he had promised never to see Lucy again, FDR asked Lucy to attend his 1932 inauguration. The two began to see each other again after Lucy’s husband died in 1944. Eleanor did not know of these meetings, many of which their daughter, Anna Roosevelt arranged. She was disturbed to learn that Lucy had been among those who were with FDR when he died in Warm Springs, Georgia, in 1945.
Maria Halpin and Grover Cleveland. In the early 1870s, bachelor Cleveland met store clerk Maria. He was, in fact, one of several gentlemen who “befriended” her. In 1874, she revealed that she was pregnant and claimed that Cleveland was the father. All her other male friends were married with families of their own, and it isn’t clear whether Maria really believed the bachelor Cleveland was responsible or was just naming the man most likely to confess and marry her. Nonetheless, Cleveland accepted financial responsibility for both Maria and the child