This is one hell of a famous line. It does not matter whether you have read the book or watched the movie or not, this line is something you have heard somewhere at some point in life. A love affair between Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’ Hara in the smoldering terror of the Civil War, this affair was what you can easily call complicated. Everything is the relationship is stormy, right from the passion to their arguments. While this drama seems fir just for fiction, here is a look at some of the world’s most scandalous affairs. Scandalous because they should not have come out in the open, they should have been hidden and moreover, they should never have happened.
Napoleon And Josephine- the Alternating Loyalty!
Marie- Josephe-Rose was a 32 year old Paris Socialite and a widowed mother when she met Napoleon for the first time. He was just 26 years of age then. Napoleon always wanted to marry an older wealthier woman and Josephine fit the bill exactly. While Josephine had no interest in Napoleon, her lover at that time was leaving her for another woman and she in a fit of rebound married Napoleon. By the time they married, Napoleon was deeply in love with her. But as soon as he left for the War in Italy,
Josephine started her string of affairs with almost anyone and everyone. Oblivious to this reality, Napoleon did come to know of it later and he then went on a cheating and hurting spree intentionally. By this time Josephine was deeply in love with him. Napoleon was then crowned the Emperor and he remarried someone else. Josephine wanted to spend her last days with Napoleon but she died of a heart break and could not.
After his exile, Napoleon went back to Paris where he picked up violets from Josephine’s garden and wore them in a locket till he died in 1821.
The Scandalous Love Affair That Started World War I
The Chief of Austro-Hungarian Army, General Conrad, was grieving the loss of his beloved son in war. The losses of the war were stupefying. 189,000 Dead, 490,000 wounded and 278,000 were missing. And yet he seemed to have a different priority. He wanted to win the heart of a woman and marry her, all in this time of chaos and confusion. This Italian woman named Virginnia von Reininghaus (Gina) was a married socialite and had nothing divine about her.
In the midst of slaughter in Europe when everyone was running for cover and trying to find a morsel of food, our dear General Conrad was writing at least one letter a day to his beloved Gina. This tumultuous relationship played a very important part in shaping up his life and may have finally contributed to his prewar obsession against Italy and Serbia.
Indeed, this could have been one of the fueling reasons of the World War I.
Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas
Wilde was married with two children and his affair with Douglas took heat in 1892. In many of the lover’s spats that they had amongst themselves, Wilde was also too critical of one of Douglas’s translation of his work. This romance, classified in today’s date as “gay and LGBT” was finally terminated by Douglas’ Father, The Marquess of Queensberry. He was the one who started to realize that there was certainly something more than just friendship between Wilde and Douglas. In a fit of rage, he tried to attack Wilde publicly, by leaving a card for him that called him a “Sodomite”. Wilde then had him arrested for criminal Libel. The only way Douglas and his Father could prove their innocence was to prove that Wilde was a “sodomite” as claimed by them.
Things got very messy after this!
Greta Garbo- The Hollywood Heartthrob
This was scandalous because it was long ago. A relationship like this is not considered a big deal today. Or may be for some, it still is! Great Garbo, who has been known for her roles in silent and talking films that were produced during the first half of the 20th Century, is equally famous for her good looks and beauty. She was also named the most beautiful woman to have ever lived by the Guinness Book of World records. Such a beauty could have found any man that she would have rested her eyes on. But her heart was somewhere else; with her long term partner, the poet and the playwright Mercedes de Acosta.
In fact, it is also said that it was Acosta and the nuances of the relationship with her that taught Greta Garbo the extreme lady like behavior that she exhibited in her Hollywood stints.
Prince Edward and Wallis Simpson- Giving up the Throne!
His Royal Highness Prince Edward said “I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as a King I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love”- December 11, 1936. Edward was the heir to the British throne and he mat Wallis Warfield Simpson at a party. Their attraction grew slowly and no matter what they could have done, they could not have married. The only and the biggest problem was that she was married and an American.
With no way to move forward, both of them parted ways when Prince Edward had to be crowned. So with no options left, he was crowned but Wallis had no reason to motivate her to live away. She sought a divorce and Edward chose her over the Throne. He was stripped of his title and his younger brother was crowned as King George VI. Edward and Wallis moved to France where they married and lived the rest of their lives quietly.
John Lenon and Yoko Ono- an affair not accepted !
Born into an aristocratic Japanese Family, Yoko Ono had a turbulent past. Her parents wanted her to stay single and become a pianist. She married twice and then landed up in a mental institution briefly. And then the “day” happened. She met John Lenon who was married with a child of his own. The two fell in love and divorced their spouses and eventually married in 1969. By this time ‘Beatles- the Band” broke up and she was the reason behind it because Ono had distracted him completely. Ignoring the public anger, and tried to focus on themselves; which they were not able to do simply because the public criticism was too much. They divorced and stayed connected. Then remarried and had a son. Finally Lenon was shot by a deranged fan and he dies in Ono’s arms. She has not remarried since.
Frieda Kahlo and Diego Rivera – Artists who created love!
Passionate and tempestuous, this affair was gut-wrenching. Artists of the early 20th century, they married in 1929. It was Frieda’s (20) first marriage and River’s (43) third marriage. The two greatly admired each other and encouraged each other’s’ passion for art. But Rivera had not mended his philandering ways and had numerous affairs including a deep one with Kahlo’s sister and that too throughout the marriage. They even divorced in 1939 only to remarry in 1940. Throughout the relationship they keep going away from each other and then passion got them back. When Kahlo was on her death bed, Rivera was with her. He later wrote that this was the most tragic day of his life and that he realized this too late. When he dies he had asked for his ashes to be placed with Kahlo’s.
Bill Clinton and Lewinsky- the American President and the young Intern
A political sex scandal emerging in 1998, this was a pure sexual relationship between the highest seat of power, the American president and his office Intern Monica Lewinsky. The news of this affair mainly led to the impeachment of Bill Clinton and his subsequent acquittal after a 21 day Senate trial. A co-worker secretly recorded their conversation and was blamed for the leak. The reporting of the scandal led to the worldwide media frenzy for this affair called the Monicagate, Tailgate , Sexgate and Zippergate all based on the Watergate scandal.
Nehru and Edwina Mountbatten- Powerhouses of affection!
Nehru and Edwina enjoyed a close and a warm relationship which was not sexual. This has been claimed by Mountbatten’s daughter Pamela hicks. She also claims that her mother’s fondness for Jawaharlal Nehru was known to all in the family and her father chose to remain mum over it. She also states that the connection had been developed when the both had met each other in British India. While Edwina found profound warmth and companionship in Nehru, Nehru was fond of Edwina’s wit and intelligence. In the later years of their lives, Pamela got the letters from her mother and she came to know how deeply they must have loved.