Friday, February 17, 2012

Monica Lewinsky

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

Monica Samille Lewinsky was born in San Francisco, California, and grew up in an affluent family in Southern California in the Westside Brentwood area of Los Angeles and in Beverly Hills. Her father is Bernard Lewinsky, an oncologist. Her mother, born Marcia Kaye Vilensky, the daughter of a Lithuanian Jewish father and a Russian-Romanian Jewish mother; is an author who uses the name Marcia Lewis.

The family attended Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and Monica attended Sinai Akiba Academy, its religious school. For her primary education she attended the John Thomas Dye School in Bel-Air. 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.
She attended two-year community college Santa Monica College, and worked for the drama department at Beverly Hills High School and at a tie shop. In 1993 she enrolled at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, graduating with a psychology degree in 1995.

Taking advantage of a family connection, Lewinsky moved to Washington, D.C., to work at the White House as an unpaid summer intern starting in July 1995 in the office of White House Chief of Staff, Leon Panetta. She moved to a paid position in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs in December 1995

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