Childhood & Early Life
Monica Samille Lewinsky was born on 23 July 1973, in San Francisco, California, USA, to Bernard Lewinsky, an affluent and established photographer and doctor, and Marcia Kaye Vilensky.
She attended the ‘Sinai Akiba Academy’ in Los Angeles. It was a religious academy that taught Judaism. Her family regularly attended the ‘Sinai Temple,’ a conservative Judaist temple located in Los Angeles, California.
She received primary education at ‘John Thomas Dye School’ in Bel-Air and later attended her senior year at ‘Beverly Hills High School.’
In 1991, she graduated from ‘Pacific Hills School’ after which she attended ‘Santa Monica Community College.’ In 1995, she graduated with a degree in psychology from ‘Lewis & Clark College’ in Portland, Oregon.
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On July 1995, she moved to Washington D.C., where she landed the role of an unpaid summer intern at the ‘White House Office.’ Here, she worked under the White House Chief of Staff, Leon Panetta.
On December 1995, she was offered a paid position at the ‘White House Office,’ and she gladly accepted the offer.
On April 1996, she was transferred to ‘The Pentagon,’ the headquarters of the ‘United States Department of Defence,’ located in Arlington County, Virginia.
In 1999, she gave an interview on ‘ABC’ network’s show ‘20/20.’ This program was hosted by Barbara Walters and was watched by 70 million Americans.
On May 8, 1999, she appeared on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ She appeared on a couple of sketches for the show that ridiculed her relationship with Bill Clinton.
On September 1999, she started her own line of handbags under the label ‘The Real Monica, Inc.,’ which was initially sold in New York, California, and London.
In the early-2000s, she started appearing in television commercials for ‘Jenny Craig,’ a weight management and nutrition company. Before signing a $1 million endorsement deal with ‘Jenny Craig,’ the company had asked her to lose more than 40 pounds in six months.
On February 2000, she appeared in an episode of ‘The Tom Green Show.’ In the show, she was portrayed as traveling to her hometown, along with the host of the show, in search of fabrics for her new business.
On April 2000, she terminated her contract with ‘Jenny Craig,’ when the company stopped airing the commercials featuring her.
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In late 2000, she worked as a correspondent for ‘Monica’s Postcards,’ a show that reported on culture and trends.
On March 2002, she appeared on a ‘HBO’ special titled ‘Monica in Black and White,’ which was part of the ‘America Undercover’ series, a collection of documentaries.
In 2003, she hosted a ‘Fox’ television network reality dating show titled ‘Mr Personality.’
She made a series of guest appearances on shows like ‘V Graham Norton’ in the UK, ‘High Chaparall’ in Sweden, ‘The View,’ and ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’
In 2006, she graduated from ‘London School of Economics’ with a master’s degree in social psychology. Her thesis was titled ‘In Search of the Impartial Juror: An Exploration of the Third-person effect and Pre-Trial Publicity.’
In 2014, she wrote an essay for ‘Vanity Fair’ titled ‘Shame or Survival’ concerning her relationship with Clinton. She was also part of the three-part ‘National Geographic’ documentary ‘The 90s: The Last Great Decade.’
She has since been spreading awareness about ‘Cyberbullying,’ speaking about it in ‘TED Talks’ and other social media platforms. She was also appointed as the ambassador and strategic advisor of anti-bullying organization ‘Bystander Revolution’ on June 2015.
She was interviewed by popular Israeli television presenter Yonit Levi at a conference in Jerusalem. She was also interviewed by John Oliver on his ‘HBO’ show about the problems of public shaming.
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She claimed that between November 1995 and March 1997, she had nine sexual encounters with the then-President Bill Clinton at the Oval Office, the office of the President of the United States.
She told her co-worker Linda Tripp about her relationship with Bill Clinton, after which Tripp began discreetly recording the phone conversations between Lewinsky and Bill Clinton.
Linda Tripp submitted the phone tapes to Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr. Tripp further investigated the case and persuaded Lewinsky to safeguard the gifts that Clinton had given her.
On January 1998, the news about the illicit relationship came out in the media. On January 26, Clinton claimed that he did not have any sexual relations with her on a nationally televised White House News conference.
On August 17, 1998, he finally admitted that he had an ‘illicit physical relationship.’ This statement was broadcast on national television.
On February 1, 1999, her authorized biography, written by Andrew Morton and titled ‘Monica’s Story,’ was published by ‘St. Martin’s Press.’ She made $500,000 from the book.
In 2005, she moved to London as the media frenzy in the USA started affecting her personal and professional life.
She has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder due to the aftermath of her publicly disclosed affair.