23 Little Known Facts About Wives Behind Popular Men

11Rita Marley

Rita 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.

12Eliza Jumel

Eliza 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.

13Kato Svanidze

Kato 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.

14Chen Jieru

Chen Jieru

Chinese President Chiang Kai-shek’s wife Chen Jieru wrote a memoir that was suppressed by Chiang from publication until 1993. On their wedding night, Chiang infected Chen with syphilis, leaving her infertile. He later sent her to “study” in the US but never allowed her to return to China.

15Rachel Jackson

Rachel Jackson

Andrew Jackson’s wife Rachel Jackson was attacked as an adulteress and she died during the 1828 Presidential election after falling into a deep depression. At her funeral, Jackson said, “May God Almighty forgive her murderers. I never can.”

16Valeria Messalina

Valeria Messalina

Valeria Messalina was a Roman Empress and the wife of Emperor Claudius, who once competed in a sex marathon with Rome’s foremost prostitute and came out on top. She was eventually executed when she married a senator while Claudius was out of town.

17Bertha Benz

Bertha Benz

German auto engineer Carl Benz's wife Bertha Benz was the world’s first motorist. In the summer of 1888, Bertha decided to “test drive” the second prototype of Motorwagen on a journey from Mannheim to Pforzheim, a distance of more than 50 miles in a single day, and left a note for Carl on the kitchen table.

18Jane Hawking

Jane Hawking

When Jane Hawking, Stephen Hawking’s first wife saw the movie script for The Theory of Everything, she deleted all the F-words, saying “Scientists in the 1960s and 70s didn't use the F-word and I’m pretty sure they don't know either.”

19Mileva Maric

Mileva Maric

Albert Einstein’s wife Mileva Maric had a daughter in 1902, one year before they were married. Existence of “Lieserl” was so well concealed that she was only discovered in 1986. It is believed that Einstein never met her and what happened to her is a mystery.

20Betty Shabazz

Betty Shabazz

The wife of Malcolm X, Betty Shabazz, was killed by her own 12-year-old grandson in 1997. Wanting to return to his mother, who was in treatment as part of a plea agreement for plotting to kill Louis Farrakhan, he set his grandmother’s apartment on fire. She died weeks later of her injuries.