Behind Every Great Men: 20 Forgotten Wives Behind World’s Famous & Infamous

1Billie Paulette Montgomery

Billie Paulette Montgomery, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry's wife didn't know who he or Aerosmith was when they met. He didn't even talk about it and she only discovered it a few years later after finding gold records in some old boxes. This was after songs like Walk This Way, Dream On, and Back in the Saddle.


2María Elena Holly

Buddy Holly's wife María Elena Holly found out about his death while watching TV and suffered a miscarriage the next day due to “psychological trauma.” His mother heard the news on the radio and collapsed. Soon after, authorities adopted a policy of notifying a victim’s family before their name was released.


3Corazon Aquino

Corazon Aquino was the wife of Benigno Aquino Jr., a staunch political opponent against the dictator of the Philippines. Upon the assassination of her husband by the dictator, she ran for president against him, winning and restoring democracy to the Philippines.


4Henriette Caillaux

In 1914, the wife of the French Prime Minister, Henriette Caillaux, assassinated a newspaper editor to prevent him from leaking that she and her husband had been dating while still married to their previous spouses. She was acquitted for ‘uncontrollable female emotions.’


5Jane Hawking

Stephen Hawking's wife Jane Hawking was given the option to take him off of life support after he was placed in a medically induced coma in 1985. She refused, and upon recovering Stephen Hawking finished writing ‘A Brief History of Time.’


6Sara Northrup Hollister

Sara Northrup Hollister, the wife of L. Ron Hubbard consulted doctors who recommended he "be committed to a private sanatorium for psychiatric observation and treatment of a mental ailment known as paranoid schizophrenia." Thereafter, Hubbard criticized psychiatry as a "barbaric and corrupt profession."


7Martha Matthews

Willie Nelson's ex-wife Martha Matthews once sewed him up in a sheet and beat him with a broomstick. He commented: “She was a very classy, ingenious, brilliant lady, and I was a problem at times.”


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8Rita Marley

Bob Marley’s wife Rita Marley was shot in the head during his attempted assassination. However, she had dreadlocks so thick, they saved her life.


9Eliza Jumel

America’s founding father Aaron Burr’s 2nd wife Eliza Jumel was represented in their divorce trial by Alexander Hamilton Jr., the son of the man Burr shot and killed 30 years before.


10Kato Svanidze

When Joseph Stalin's first wife Kato Svanidze died, he was so overcome with grief that he threw himself into her grave during the funeral. Later, secret policemen arrived at the funeral, looking for Stalin (at the time a wanted fugitive) and he was forced to flee the service early by jumping the graveyard’s fence.

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