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Mimi Alford, JFK Affair: Six Other Alleged Mistresses

First Posted: 02/ 9/2012 7:11 pm Updated: 02/10/2012 2:09 am

Mimi Alford, the former White House intern who recently wrote a book claiming she had an affair with President John F. Kennedy, detailed the 18-month affair in an interview with Meredith Vierra on "Rock Center" Wednesday.

Alford, 69, told Vierra that she "didn't feel guilty" about having sex with a married man, and that opening up about the affair decades later has been a relief.

"When you keep a secret, and when you keep silent about something, you do it because you think it's keeping you safe, but in fact, it's deadly," she said.

Alford is hardly the first woman who claimed or was rumored to have had an affair with the former president. Click through the slideshow below to read about some of JFK's most famous alleged mistresses.

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  • Judith Campbell Exner

    In a 1988 interview with <em>People </em>magazine, Judith Exner (nee Campbell) opened up about the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1999/09/27/us/judith-exner-is-dead-at-65-claimed-affair-with-kennedy.html" target="_hplink">affair she claimed to have had with Kennedy</a>. Though released documents would later <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/1999/sep/26/news/mn-14342" target="_hplink">confirm phone calls with the president and White House visits</a>, aides close to Kennedy publicly rebuked the allegations, including top aide Dave Powers."The only Campbell I know is chunky vegetable soup," <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1999/09/27/us/judith-exner-is-dead-at-65-claimed-affair-with-kennedy.html" target="_hplink">Powers said in 1991</a>. Exner, who also claimed to have had <a href="http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20098379,00.html" target="_hplink">relationships with Frank Sinatra and Chicago mob boss Sam Giancana</a>, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1999/09/27/us/judith-exner-is-dead-at-65-claimed-affair-with-kennedy.html" target="_hplink">wrote about her relationship with JFK</a> in her 1977 autobiography.

  • Mary Pinchot Meyer

    Kennedy was also alleged to have had an affair with Mary Pinchot Meyer, a well-known <a href="http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/Presence-of-Mind-Mary-Pinchot-Meyer-200812.html" target="_hplink">Washington, DC artist and C.I.A wife</a>. Less than a year after President Kennedy's assassination, Meyer was <a href="http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,285439,00.html" target="_hplink">shot and killed near her Georgetown home</a>. In 1998, journalist Nina Burleigh chronicled the affair and the circumstances surrounding Meyer's death in her book, "<a href="http://www.randomhouse.com/book/21338/a-very-private-woman-by-nina-burleigh" target="_hplink">A Very Private Woman: The Life and Unsolved Murder of Presidential Mistress Mary Meyer</a>."

  • Marilyn Monroe

    Perhaps the most famous of JFK's alleged mistresses, Marilyn Monroe <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1209783/Madness-Marilyn-Monroe-The-affair-JFK-drug-crazed-paranoia.html" target="_hplink">met the president in February 1962</a>, when British actor Peter Lawford -- JFK's brother-in-law -- invited the star to a <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1209783/Madness-Marilyn-Monroe-The-affair-JFK-drug-crazed-paranoia.html" target="_hplink">dinner party in honor of the president</a>. Lawford was also responsible for <a href="http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20089693,00.html" target="_hplink">organizing the 1962 Madison Square Garden fundraiser for JFK</a>, where Monroe gave <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Media/president-john-kennedy-marilyn-monroe-story-image/story?id=10792148#.TzQx5UzLyRk" target="_hplink">her iconic performance</a> of "Happy Birthday, Mr. President." The sultry performance fueled <a href="http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20091986,00.html" target="_hplink">rumors of an affair</a> between the movie star and the president that still live on today.

  • Fiddle and Faddle

    In 1997's "The Dark Side of Camelot," investigative reporter Seymour Hersh <a href="http://articles.nydailynews.com/1997-11-09/news/18051230_1_seymour-hersh-secret-service-judith-campbell-exner" target="_hplink">claimed Kennedy had a number of sexual encounters with two young staff aides</a>, known around the White House as Fiddle and Faddle. <a href="http://articles.nydailynews.com/1997-11-09/news/18051230_1_seymour-hersh-secret-service-judith-campbell-exner" target="_hplink">According to Hersh</a>, one poolside dalliance was cut short when a Secret Service man alerted the president that Jackie Kennedy was planning on taking a swim. "You could see one big pair of footprints and two smaller pair of wet footprints leading to the Oval Office,'' <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/1997/11/16/pool-parties-in-camelot.html" target="_hplink">a Secret Service man told Hersh</a>. In his <em>Newsweek</em> review of the book, journalist <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/1997/11/16/pool-parties-in-camelot.html" target="_hplink">Evan Thomas reported</a> that JFK's affair with Fiddle and Faddle had surfaced in the news before <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/1997/11/16/pool-parties-in-camelot.html" target="_hplink">during 1975 congressional hearings</a> on the abuse of executive power.

  • Gunilla Von Post

    Kennedy's Swedish fling Gunilla Von Post <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/15/jfks-love-letters-to-swed_n_462687.html" target="_hplink">made headlines last March when she auctioned</a> off love letters the former president had written to her, just before he married Jackie. The love letters continued even after he was married: On June 28, 1954, a little less than a year after <a href="http://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Ready-Reference/JBKO-Miscellaneous-Information/Wedding-Details.aspx" target="_hplink">marrying Jackie</a>, Kennedy <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/john-kennedy-secret-love-letters-gunilla-von-post/story?id=9836818#.TzRQPkzLyRl" target="_hplink">wrote to Von Post</a>," I might get a boat and sail around the Mediterranean for two weeks -- with you as crew." Von Post also claimed she spent one passionate week with Kennedy in August 1955.

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