- NAME: Monica Lewinsky
- OCCUPATION: Television Personality, Sociologist
- BIRTH DATE: July 23, 1973 (Age: 40)
- Did You Know?: Lewinsky spent much of 1998—the most stressful year of her life—knitting.
- EDUCATION: Beverly Hills High School, Bel Air Prep (now Pacific Hills School), Lewis & Clark College, Santa Monica College, London School of Economics, Sinai Akiba Academy, John Thomas Dye School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: San Francisco, California
- Full Name: Monica Samille Lewinsky
- AKA: Monica Lewinsky
- ZODIAC SIGN: Leo
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Monica Lewinsky is a former White House intern best known for her affair with President Bill Clinton.
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Monica Lewinsky was born on July 23, 1973, in San Francisco, California. After graduating from college, she took an internship and then a job at the White House. During the period from mid-1995 to 1997, Lewinsky was involved in a sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton. Her taped conversations with the president, and subsequent testimony, led to a media frenzy and a political firestorm.
Monica Samille Lewinsky was born in San Francisco, California, on July 23, 1973. She was raised in the affluent neighborhoods of Brentwood and Beverly Hills, in Southern California. Her father, Bernard Lewinsky, is an oncologist, and her mother, Marcia Kaye Vilensky, is an author who publishes under the name Marcia Lewis. The Lewinskys divorced in 1988.
Monica Lewinsky was raised Jewish and attended Sinai Akiba Academy and the John Thomas Dye School in her younger years. She graduated from Bel Air Prep (now Pacific Hills School) in 1991 and attended Santa Monica College while working for the drama department at Beverly Hills High School. She also began an affair with Andy Bleiler, her married high school drama instructor, around this time. Lewinsky enrolled at Lewis & Clark College after completing her two-year degree. She graduated with a degree in psychology in 1995.
Through a family friend, Monica Lewinsky secured an internship in the White House office of Chief of Staff Leon Panetta. After her internship ended, she accepted a paid position in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs.
According to her later testimony, Lewinsky was involved in a sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton between the winter of 1995 and March 1997. The relationship involved nine encounters, some in the Oval Office. Lewinsky was transferred to the Pentagon in 1997. She confided in an older coworker, Linda Tripp, about her relationship with President Clinton. Shortly thereafter, Tripp began secretly recording Lewinsky's conversations with the president.
Clinton was already burdened with a history of sexual misconduct allegations, and in 1997, lawyers working on the civil lawsuit filed by Arkansas state employee Paula Jones heard rumors of Lewinsky's relationship with the president. Lewinsky submitted a false affidavit denying the affair. It was at this point that Linda Tripp handed over her tapes to Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr. Clinton denied the affair under oath.
News of the Clinton-Lewinsky affair broke in January 1998 and immediately dominated the media. Lewinsky spent weeks in hiding. She later reported that she had spent much of this stressful period knitting. After Kenneth Starr obtained a blue dress of Lewinsky's stained with Clinton's semen, the president admitted to an inappropriate relationship.
Lewinsky's affair with President Clinton mader her a pop-culture star. A Barbara Walters interview in which Lewinsky apologized to the Clintons drew record ratings. Lewinsky also cooperated with Andrew Morton on a 1999 biography titled Monica's Story.
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