People who go down history either did something really good or really evil. It’s sort of the legacy they leave behind for the next generations. But these 12 historic icons did not only contribute great things for the people but were also known or secretly (not anymore) living a self-indulgent lifestyle. Self-indulgent, feeding their carnal appetites and fooling around. This kind of lifestyle may not be shocking in our time now but even way back then the hedonistic lifestyle has been practiced, secretly or not. Some historic icons on this list may shock you. Want to find out who they are? Here the 12 Historic Icons who Lived a Debauched Lifestyle.
Hugh Marston Hefner is the well-known adult magazine publisher, businessman, and a ladies’ man. Before being a successful magazine publisher, he used to be a former journalist for Esquire. He was also a WWII veteran. A self- made multi-millionaire, he is now worth over $43 million. Hefner is also a political activist and philanthropist active in several causes and public issues. Having him on the list may not be surprised as the whole world knows that he is famous for having multiple girlfriends at once, despite his age. It’s estimated that Hef has slept with 1,000-2,000 women over the course of his lifetime.
Rasputin may look more of like a serial killer with a terrible personal hygiene but this guy is popular with the ladies. Born Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin, was a Russian peasant, mystical faith healer, and a trusted friend of the family of Nicholas II, the last Czar of Russia. He saw serial allurement as some kind of ludicrous religious duty, as a result, he slept with basically every woman he could get his hands on. We wonder how many that is?
Wilton Norman “Wilt” Chamberlain was an American basketball player. He played for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA. Before playing in the NBA, he played for the University of Kansas and the Harlem Globetrotters. Chamberlain was also a successful businessman, authored several books, and appeared in the movie Conan the Destroyer. He was a lifelong bachelor and became notorious for his claim to have had slept with as many as 20,000 women. We’ll never know if that’s is real or not.
Vivian Mary Hartley, later known as Vivien Leigh and Lady Olivier was an English stage and film actress. She is known for her performances in the films Gone with the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire. According to her former husband, Sir Laurence Oliver, Vivien was a crazed maniac whose appetite was so ravenous that it eventually became problematic. She had numerous affairs, including random taxi drivers and deliverymen. Apparently, she was also fond of women. As for much of her adult life, she suffered from bipolar disorder.
Born Edward Alexander Crowley, was an English occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer. He founded the religion and philosophy of Thelema. He was born to a wealthy Plymouth Brethren family and rejected his fundamentalist Christian faith to pursue his interest in Western esotericism. He practiced a type of carnal-fulfilling activity used in ritualistic and spiritual pursuits with the goal of bringing about some desired supernatural result. He gained widespread notoriety during his lifetime, being a recreational drug experimenter, individualist social critic, and even a Satanist. Doesn’t his devious stare creep you out a little?
Baptized as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was an influential composer of the Classical era. He was a musical prodigy and showed great potential at a young age. At the age of five, he was already competent on violin and keyboard, composed music and performed before European royalty. But he wasn’t as decent as his music, he slept with his younger cousin and sent dirty letters to every member of his own family, including his mother. Yikes!
Commonly known as FDR, he was a statesman and political leader who served as the President of the United States from 1933-1945. He may not have gone mistress crazy like JFK or LBJ but he definitely got around. He had one known mistress, Lucy Mercer, but may secretly have had up to five. These included his secretary, Missy LeHand, his own distant cousin, Daisy Suckley, and an exiled princess of Sweden. It wasn’t as publicized as the others but it’s still there.
Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He wore many hats and was a major figure in American history. But behind all the titles and achievements, he was living a debauched life. He wasn’t picky with who he slept with. He slept with poor women, rich women, old and young women, American women, French noblewomen. He just couldn’t get enough. He may not be physically attractive but maybe there’s something these women saw that we didn’t.
Almost all contemporary sources seem to agree that JFK was addicted to flesh. JFK slept with almost everyone, from teenage interns, Russian spies, Mafia plants and Marilyn Monroe (who may have also slept with his brother Robert) to name a few. He definitely did a lot for his country. He also ranks high in historians’ polls of U.S. presidents and with the general public, as the only president to have an approval rating of 70%.
George Gordon Byron (later Noel), 6th Baron Byron, or commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was an English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. His best-known works are the poems Don Juan and Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, and the short lyric “She Walks in Beauty”. Byron is regarded as one of the greatest British poets and remains widely read and influential. He is often described to living a flamboyant lifestyle. Byron was both celebrated and punished for his aristocratic excesses, including huge debts, numerous love affairs – with both men and women! As well as rumored to have a scandalous affair with his half-sister.
Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy or usually referred to as Leo Tolstoy in English was a Russian writer considered as one of the greatest authors of all time. Some of his famous literary works include War and Peace and Anna Karenina. He was born to an aristocratic family and experienced a profound moral crisis during his younger years. He was a hopeless nymph. But he overcame that stage and got married to a woman 16 years his junior. They had 13 children. Their early married life was smooth sailing not until their late life together. Their relationship deteriorated as his beliefs became increasingly radical.
This one’s shocking. The man with the most brilliant mind in history is looked up by people of all ages, walks of life and generations upon generations. But little did the world know that he got AROUND a lot during his day. His recovered private letters indicated that he had no less than 10 mistresses. It must take a village of a woman to contain his brilliant mind. Einstein’s second wife (he was still married to his first wife, who was actually his cousin) knew all about his fooling around.
Now, what do you think of this list? Some people were not a surprise while there are others that are hard to believe. These brilliant people are well, still human so they still fall for their carnal desires, as perfect as they seem. Their other side only shows that no one is exempted from these temptations no matter how strong-willed they appear. From then until now, this kind of lifestyle is still frowned upon especially if prominent people do it. But these not so hidden secrets will go down to history, unfortunately.