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While filming 1950's Stromboli, the Casablanca beauty fell for married director Roberto Rossellini, whom she left her own husband and daughter for. The affair scandalized the nation, leading Bergman to being blacklisted in Hollywood – and even denounced on the Senate floor as a "powerful influence for evil."
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In 1962, the blonde bombshell's unforgettable "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" serenade to John F. Kennedy at his 45th birthday bash only fueled rumors of an affair between the two. After her apparent suicide that year, theories abounded claiming that she was drugged to keep her trysts with JFK, and his brother Bobby, a secret.
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The former church secretary was paid $265,000 to keep quiet about her 1980 affair with Praise the Lord televangelist Jim Bakker, who siphoned the hush money and millions more from his religious empire. While serving five years in prison for fraud, Bakker's wife Tammy Faye divorced him.
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In 1987, the 29-year-old model boarded a boat, fatefully called "Monkey Business," with Gary Hart. The married senator denied an affair, claiming Rice "dropped into my lap. I chose not to dump her off." His wife, Lee, stood by his side when he withdrew from the presidential race, saying, "If it doesn't bother me, I don't think it ought to bother anybody else."
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The former Miss Hawaiian Tropic's affair with Donald Trump led to the end of his 13-year marriage to Ivana – who was left a multimillionaire divorcée. In 1993, Maples became the second Mrs. Trump and gave birth to their daughter Tiffany, but after more than five years the couple split.
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Bill Clinton's televised denial ("I did not have sexual relations with that woman") came back to haunt his presidency and marriage to Hillary in 1998. But it was the 23-year-old intern's stained dress and recorded conversations detailing their affair that ultimately led to his impeachment. He later wrote: "I think I did it…just because I could."
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Before 9/11, N.Y.C. mayor Rudy Giuliani made national headlines when he announced on TV that he was ending his 16-year marriage to Donna Hanover – in order to squire his very public girlfriend. After the 2002 divorce (Hanover received a $6.8 million settlement), Giuliani married Nathan.
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The 26-year-old nanny had a month-long affair with Jude Law in March 2005 while he was filming in New Orleans. "It was like movie-star lovemaking," she revealed in the Sunday Mirror. Law publicly apologized to fiancée Sienna Miller, who eventually split from the actor – before reuniting with him five years later.
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Former presidential candidate John Edwards cheated on cancer-stricken wife Elizabeth with the campaign staffer – an affair that resulted in now-2-year-old daughter Quinn, and the end of his 32-year marriage. "We love each other very much," Hunter told GQ. "And that hasn't changed, and I believe that will be till death do us part."
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