Born: 1462 · Palos de la Frontera, Spain
Died: 1514 · Triana, Seville, Spain
Spouse: Ana Núñez de Trujillo (m. 1509) · Teresa Rodríguez
Siblings: Martín Alonso Pinzón (Brother)
Children: Ana Rodríguez (Daughter) · Juana González (Daughter)
Parents: Martín Pinzón (Father) · Mayor Vicente (Mother)
Authors: Andrew Lloyd Webber · Richard Stilgoe
First performed: Oct 09, 1986
Adaptations: The Phantom of the Opera (2004) · The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall (2011)
During Clinton’s first term in 1995, Lewinsky—a graduate of Lewis & Clark College—was hired to work as an intern at the White House and was later an employee of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. While Lewinsky worked at the White House, Clinton began a personal relationship with her, the details of which she later confided to Linda Tripp, her Defense Department co-worker who secretly recorded their telephone conversations.
In January 1998, Tripp discovered that Lewinsky had sworn an affidavit in the Paula Jones case, denying a relationship with Clinton. She delivered the tapes to Kenneth Starr, the Independent Counsel who was investigating Clinton on other matters, including the Whitewater scandal, the White House FBI files controversy, and the White House travel office controversy. During the grand jury testimony Clinton’s responses were carefully worded, and he argued, “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is,” with regard to the truthfulness of his statement that “there is not a sexual relationship, an improper sexual relationship or any other kind of improper relationship.”
The wide reporting of the scandal led to criticism of the press for over-coverage. The scandal is sometimes referred to as Monicagate, “Lewinskygate,” “Tailgate,” “Sexgate,” and “Zippergate,” following the “-gate” nickname construction that has been popular since the Watergate scandal.
The improper relationship between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky was confirmed, but Clinton’s marriage with his wife, Hillary Clinton, survived the scandal.