Monica Lewinsky may not have the talents of Marilyn Monroe, but she, however, joins the late model and singer in being among the selected few women to have had sexual relationships with a sitting United States President. The former White House intern, who found herself to be synonymous with the Bill Clinton administration due to their relationship, is now an activist, television personality, and fashion designer. Read on to find out more about her family, education, and career.
Monica Lewinsky Bio (Age and Education)
Monica Samille Lewinsky was born on the 23rd of July 1973 in San Francisco, Northern California, but grew up in the Southern part of the state, the affluent Brentwood area of Los Angeles to be exact. She received her education here, first attending the religious Sinai Akiba Academy then John Thomas Dye School in Bel-Air. For her high school education, Lewinsky was enrolled at the Beverly Hills High School where she studied up to her senior year before transferring to Bel Air Prep.
Upon graduation in 1991, Lewinsky enrolled at a two-year community college in Santa Monica while she worked at her former high school’s drama department. After completing the two-year program in 1993, she transferred to Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon where she was able to complete the requirements to be awarded a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Having completed her education, Monica Lewinsky was able to use family connections to land an unpaid summer internship at the White House in the office of Leon Panetta, a former House of Representative member from California who was serving as the White House Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton. When that internship ended, Lewinsky was able to land another position, this time a paid position at the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. She held that job for a few months; from December 1995 to April 1996, before her superiors transferred her to the Pentagon over what was said to be her uncharacteristic friendship with President Clinton.
At the Pentagon, Lewinsky was made an assistant to chief Pentagon spokesperson Kenneth Bacon. She held that position until December 1997 after which it was revealed that she had sexual relations with Clinton. This made Monica Lewinsky a household name as she was included in the investigation against the president for the land-use deals he made as Governor of Arkansas as well as possible perjury and subornation of perjury in another sexual harassment civil case brought forward by former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones.
Lewinsky’s affair with Clinton gave her celebrity status although it brought forward legal issues of its own. She was at the end granted full immunity in exchange for her testimony against the president. By the time the whole ordeal was done, Monica Lewinsky was neck-deep in debt due to her legal bills and high living costs.
By 2005, almost a decade after her affair made headlines across the globe, Lewinsky enrolled at the London School of Economics where she graduated with a Master of Science degree in social psychology.
Monica Lewinsky is said to have a net worth of around $500 thousand. She was able to make her money from endorsement deals with various companies, television appearances, as well as through a book deal and from sales of her designer handbag collection.
Monica Lewinsky Family
Monica Lewinsky comes from an affluent Jewish family. Her father, Bernard Lewinsky, is the son of German Jews who made their way to the United States via El Salvador. He is a certified radiation oncologist and a fellow of the American College of Radiology as he runs the West Hills Radiation Therapy Center.
On the other hand, her mother, Marcia Kay Vilensky, who goes just by Marcia Lewis, is the daughter of Lithuanian-Russian Jews. She is an author that is best known for writing the gossip biography, The Private Lives of the Three Tenors.
Height and Weight Loss
Monica Lewinsky is 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m) tall. Lewinsky had moved to live a life away from the limelight after the case but due to the amount of debt she found herself in, she took up an endorsement deal with diet company Jenny Craig, Inc.
Lewinsky, who was said to have battled weight issues throughout her life and was also made the butt of jokes by the media, took up their offer to lose all her weight using their products while also appearing in television commercials for the company for a fee.