Monica Samille Lewinsky was born on July 23, 1973, in San Francisco, California, and became known as Monica Lewinsky. She grew up in a Jewish family in Los Angeles with her mother Marcia (who is also a novelist), father Bernard (who is an oncologist), and brother Michael.
Monica’s parents divorced in 1987, and they both remarried a few years later, after a harsh separation. After attending Sinai Temple’s school, Sinai Akiba Academy, Lewinsky went on to attend the John Thomas Dye School, Beverly Hills High School, and Bel Air Preparatory School, where she graduated in 1991 with honours.
Early life of Monica Samille Lewinsky
She then went on to study psychology at Santa Monica College, where she worked in the theatre department of Beverly Hills High School before moving to Lewis & Clark College in Portland, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1995. After working as an unpaid intern in Chief of Staff Leon Panetta’s office since July 1995, Monica was offered a full-time position in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs in December of that year. Monica left the White House in January 1996.
Almost a decade later, she returned to school and earned a master’s degree in social psychology from the London School of Economics, where she had previously studied.
The Net Worth of Monica Lewinsky Is Unknown at This Time.
Affluent American author, public speaker, and anti-bullying crusader Monica Lewinsky has a net worth of $1.5 million. She is the daughter of a former presidential candidate. In the mid-1990s, while working as a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky became well-known for having an affair with President Bill Clinton, which led to her resignation. Clinton was impeached as a result of the incident, and Monica gained an international celebrity as a result of it.
Her reputation was entirely damaged worldwide by the Internet, according to Lewinsky, who has worked as an anti-cyberbullying campaigner since 2014 and is a strong supporter of the #MeToo movement.
A collaboration with novelist Andrew Morton resulted in the publication of “Monica’s Story” in 1999, with her book advance estimated to be in the neighbourhood of $500,000. Aside from that, Monica has created her own handbag line, worked as a spokesperson for Jenny Craig, and hosted the Fox dating show “Mr. Personality,” which premiered in 2003.
Monica collaborated with the production of the FX series “Impeachment: American Crime Story,” which starred Beanie Feldstein as Monica and Clive Owen as Bill, which premiered in 2021.
Scandal in the White House
Lewinsky has stated that she had nine sexual contacts with Clinton between November 1995 and March 1997, but that none of those encounters resulted in sexual intercourse with the president.
As a result of her excessive time spent around the president, Monica was relocated to the Pentagon in April 1996, according to her supervisors. Co-worker Linda Tripp was the first to know about her affair with President Bill Clinton, and in September 1997, Tripp began secretly recording Lewinsky’s phone talks with the commander-in-chief.
Monica remained in the Pentagon until December 1997, and the following month, in an affidavit given in the Paula Jones lawsuit, she categorically denied having a romantic relationship with Clinton.
Despite her best efforts to persuade Linda to lie under oath, Tripp obtained her cassettes and handed them over to Kenneth Starr, who was serving as independent counsel during Clinton’s administration and was looking into the Clintons’ Whitewater real estate holdings.
Tripp talked Lewinsky out of having a blue dress dry cleaned that held proof of a sexual encounter with Clinton, and he encouraged her to save any presents he had given her in the meantime.
In both an oath and a news conference in January 1998, Clinton denied having sexual intercourse with Monica Lewinsky; but, once Starr obtained custody of the blue dress, the president changed his tune and admitted that he had “a relationship with Miss Lewinsky that was not acceptable.” Both Monica Lewinsky and Hillary Clinton testified before a grand jury, and the Office of the Independent Counsel offered Monica transactional immunity in exchange for her testimony.
Career of Monica Lewinsky
At the time of this writing, Monica Lewinsky’s interview with Barbara Walters on “20/20” had garnered a total of 70 million viewers. It remains the second most-watched interview in television history (behind Oprah Winfrey’s 1993 interview with Michael Jackson), and the international rights earned Lewinsky $1 million. Monica appeared in two sketches on “Saturday Night Live” on May 8, 1999, in which she appeared as a guest star.
Her first commercial for Jenny Craig, Inc. appeared in January 2000; the diet firm had signed a $1 million dollar endorsement contract with Lewinsky, which required her to drop at least 40 pounds within a six-month period.
Because Monica was chosen as their spokesperson, the corporation sparked controversy and ultimately halted her campaign in April of that year, giving her only $400,000 out of the $1 million they had promised her in the first place. Monica starred on “The Tom Green Show” and hosted her own show, “Monica’s Postcards,” which aired on Channel 5 in the United Kingdom in 2000.
“Monica in Black and White,” a documentary produced by HBO, provided Lewinsky the opportunity to present her side of the story and answer questions from an audience in 2002. The following year, she presented the reality show “Mr. Personality.” She also made guest appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “The View,” as well as “V Graham Norton.”
For nearly a decade following her relocation to London, Monica remained out of the public eye until she began writing for “Vanity Fair” magazine in 2014.
She has also appeared in the National Geographic Channel special “The 90s: The Last Great Decade” and spoken out against cyberbullying at the Forbes magazine 30 Under 30 event.
A TED talk on the subject was given in March 2015, and three months later she joined the Bystander Revolution, a bullying-prevention organisation, as an ambassador and strategic advisor. She also spoke about bullying at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, which took place in May 2015. Monica provided the preface to “Shame Nation: The Global Epidemic of Online Hate,” a book by Sue Scheff and Melissa Schorr, and she spoke about public shaming on “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” in 2019. Monica is a frequent contributor to “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”
During the third season of Ryan Murphy’s “Impeachment: American Crime Story,” which is based on the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, Monica worked as a producer. The show will begin production in the fall of 2020 and premiere in the fall of 2021.
Observations on Monica Lewinsky Personal Life
As a result of the affair, Monica has stated that she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and that knitting helped her cope with the unwanted public attention. That interest eventually led her to establish The Real Monica, Inc. in 1999, where she designed handbags that were sold in stores such as Fred Segal and Henri Bendel.
Since the controversy broke, Lewinsky has resided in New York City, London, Portland, and Los Angeles, and she has mainly avoided the public eye since 2005, when she penned an essay for “Vanity Fair” titled “Shame and Survival,” and has since become a regular contributor to the magazine’s website.