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Former U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and First Lady
Born: October 26th, 1947  (age 69)


Clinton Spouse(s)

After a courtship that spanned five years, three states and multiple jobs, Secretary Clinton married Bill Clinton on October 11, 1975 in a ceremony held at their home in Fayettevile, Arkansas.



“Then at twilight in the beautiful Lake District of England, we found ourselves on the shores of Lake Ennerdale, where Bill asked me to marry him. I was desperately in love with him but utterly confused about my life and future. So I said, “No, not now.” What I meant was, “Give me time.”

My mother had suffered from her parents’ divorce, and her sad and lonely childhood was imprinted on my heart. I knew that when I decided to marry, I wanted it to be for life. Looking back to that time and to the person I was, I realize how scared I was of commitment in general and of Bill’s intensity in particular. I thought of him as a force of nature and wondered whether I’d be up to the task of living through his seasons.

Bill Clinton is nothing if not persistent. He sets goals, and I was one of them. He asked me to marry him again, and again, and I always said no. Eventually he said, “Well, I’m not going to ask you to marry me any more, and if you ever decide you want to marry me then you have to tell me.” He would wait me out.”

Excerpts from Living History, page 75-76


Their marriage has been persistently dogged with reports of Bill’s infidelities, but forty one years on, they are still together – not thanks in small measure to Secretary Clinton. That Bill loves her is beyond question, as evidenced most recently by the punishing campaign schedule he has undertaken on her behalf.

Their marriage suffered its biggest challenge in 1998 when it emerged that Bill had a brief affair with White House intern, Monica Lewinsky, sporadically between 1996 and 1998. The news broke when a friend of Ms. Lewinsky, Linda Tripp, handed a recording of their conversation of the affair to special prosecutor Kenneth Starr. Bill originally lied about the affair, telling reporters during a press conference at the White House that he “did not have sexual relations with” Ms. Lewinsky.

Bill eventually admitted to the affair during a grand jury hearing held on August 17, 1998, which he followed up with a nationally televised confession. The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate and House of Representatives attempted to impeach him for perjury and obstruction of justice. However, after a 21-day trial, 55 Senators (including 10 Republican Senators) voted him not guilty of perjury, and 50 Senators (including five Republican Senators) voted not guilty on the obstruction of justice charge.
 
 
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Businessman, television personality and author
Born: June 14th, 1946  (age 71)


Trump Spouse(s)

Mr. Trump has been married three times.

His first marriage was with former fashion model Ivana Marie Zelnickova (b. February 20, 1949). Czech-born Ivana, an alternate for Czechoslovakia’s ski team for the 1972 Munich Olympics, migrated to Canada in 1973 after divorcing her first husband, Alfred Winklmayr, an Austrian skier. Modeling assignments eventually brought her to New York, where she met and subsequently fell in love with Mr. Trump, one of New York’s most eligible bachelors at the time. The couple married in 1977 and went on to become one of New York’s most prominent “power couples”. The popular Ivana, better known as Ivana Trump, filed for divorce in 1991 after hearing rumors of Mr. Trump’s alleged relationship with actress Marla Maples.

Mr. Trump married Hollywood starlet Marla Maples (born October 27, 1963) in 1993 not long after she gave birth to daughter Tiffany Trump. The marriage was held at The Plaza, and the beautiful bride wowed the star-studded guests with a $2 million Harry Winston tiara and a Carolina Herrera dress. The marriage ended six years later in 1999 when Mr. Trump filed for divorce.

Mr. Trump wedded for the third and final time in 2005 with 5-foot-11 Slovenian model Melania Knauss (b. April 26, 1970, Melanija Knavs) after a nine-month engagement. Fluent in five languages, Melania received her big break at the age of 17 when she was spotted by fashion photographer Stane Jerko. She would go on to carve a successful modeling career which saw her featured in numerous high-profile print magazines.

On July 18, 2016, Melania was the keynote speaker on the opening day of the 2016 Republican National Convention held in Cleveland, Ohio. Her speech was initially widely praised. However, her speech soon came under scrutiny following accusations of plagiarism after three sentences detailing her life story was found to be identical to a speech delivered by Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Sometime after July 22, 2016, Melania’s website, MelaniaTrump.com, was redirected to Mr. Trump’s campaign website, Trump.com. Critics theorized that it was caused by questions over Melania’s claim of graduating with a degree in design and architecture from a Slovenian university. This contradicted with accounts from an unauthorized biography about her which claimed that she dropped out of the university after a year.

On August 1, 2016, New York Post, a publication which had endorsed Mr. Trump a few months earlier, published a collection of nude photographs taken by professional photographer Jarl Ale de Basseville in New York in 1995. The photographs were commissioned by Max Magazine, now-defunct French men’s magazine. When asked to comment. Mr. Trump said that the photos were taken prior to their meeting, and that in “Europe, pictures like this are very fashionable and common.”

A few days later, reporters from Politico questioned Melania’s immigration status as the photographs by de Basseville was taken a year before the date she claimed to have obtained a H-1B work visa. It raises questions if Melania was working without a valid visa when the photos were taken.

In a 2004 appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Knauss said that Mr. Trump, her then-fiancé, is a “very private but very romantic" person.



Donald Trump and Melania Klauss at a campaign rally in New Hampshire on Feb 8 2016
(Image by Marc Nozell)
 
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