Bewitched: 5 Real Witches in History

You don't need to be under a spell to know that witches have had a bad run of it in history. In fact during the Early Modern Period (1400-1700), an estimated 70,000 to 100,000 souls were executed for allegedly doing the Devil's work. To get you in the spirit of the season, we looked at five famous "witches" who've haunted the ages.

Bessie Smith

Jazz and blues vocalist Bessie Smith's powerful, soulful voice won her countless fans and earned her the title "Empress of the Blues."
  • Singer
  • (1894–1937)

Alfred Hitchcock

Filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock was nicknamed the "Master of Suspense" for employing a kind of psychological suspense in his films, producing a distinct viewer experience.
  • Director,
  • Producer,
  • Television Personality,
  • Screenwriter
  • (1899–1980)

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein was a German-born physicist who developed the theory of relativity. He is considered the most influential physicist of the 20th century.
  • Physicist,
  • Scientist
  • (1879–1955)

Buzz Aldrin

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin was one of the first people to walk on the moon. He and flight commander Neil Armstrong made the Apollo 11 moonwalk in 1969.
  • Astronaut
  • (1930–)

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum became prime minister and vice president of the United Arab Emirates in 2006, and is responsible for Dubai’s transformation into a lavish business destination.
  • Prime Minister
  • (1949–)

Edith Ewing Beale

Edith Ewing Beale, also known as "Big Edie," was aunt to Jackie Kennedy, and resident of the decrepit mansion called Grey Gardens.
  • (1895–1977)

Edith Bouvier Beale

Edith Bouvier Beale ("Little Edie") was an eccentric cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. She became a cult figure and fashion icon after her appearance in the documentary Grey Gardens.
  • Actress,
  • Model
  • (1917–c. 2002)

Benjamin Bradlee

Benjamin Bradlee was the editor of the Washington Post during the publication of the Pentagon Papers and the breaking of the Watergate Scandal.
  • Editor,
  • Journalist
  • (1921–2014)

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