Monica Lewinsky

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Monica Samille Lewinsky (born July 23, 1973) is an American woman with whom then-United States President Bill Clinton admitted to having had an "improper relationship"[1] while she worked at the White House in 1995 and 1996. The affair and its repercussions, especially the impeachment of Bill Clinton, became known as the Lewinsky scandal.


Early life and education

Monica Lewinsky was born in San Francisco, California, and grew up in a wealthy family in Southern California in the Westside Brentwood area of Los Angeles and in Beverly Hills.[2][3][4] Her father is Bernard Lewinsky, an oncologist, who is the son of German Jews who escaped Nazi Germany and emigrated to El Salvador and then later the United States.[5][2] Her mother, born Marcia Kaye Vilensky, is the daughter of a Romanian Jew;[6] she is an author who uses the name Marcia Lewis.[5] Monica's parents' acrimonious separation and divorce during 1987 and 1988 had a significant effect on her.[2][7] (Her father later married his second wife Barbara;[4] her mother later married R. Peter Straus, a media executive.[8])

Growing up, the family attended Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and she attended Sinai Akiba Academy, its religious school.[4] For her primary education, she attended the John Thomas Dye School in Bel-Air.[9] She then attended Beverly Hills High School, but for her senior year transferred to and graduated from Bel Air Prep (later known as Pacific Hills School) in 1991.[2][3]

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