Hollywood Goes to Washington: Celebs Who Struck Up Romances in the Political Sphere

From governors to presidents and princes (and more), these stars have been romantically linked to some of the most powerful people in the world

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01 of 08

Rosario Dawson & Sen. Cory Booker

Cory Booker and Rosario Dawson
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After months of speculation, the Luke Cage and Rent actress confirmed in March 2019 that she was dating the New Jersey senator, who is running for president.

While walking through Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., Dawson was asked by TMZ whether there was any truth to the reports that they were in a relationship.

"Yeah," she said with a grin. "Yes, very much so."

"So far so wonderful," added the actress, 40, before piling on the praise for the 49-year-old politician. "He’s a wonderful human being. It’s good to spend some time together when we can."

02 of 08

Sandra Lee & Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Sandra Lee
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The Food Network star and the New York governor spent 14 years together, but in September 2019, confirmed they were going their separate ways.

“Over the recent past, we have realized that our lives have gone in different directions and our romantic relationship has turned into a deep friendship,” the couple said in a joint statement. “We will always be family and are fully supportive of each other and dedicated to the girls. Our personal lives remain personal and there will be no further comment.”

Their breakup came a few months after the couple listed their six-bedroom estate, nicknamed “Lily Pond.”

Months earlier, lee swatted away reports that she and Cuomo had ended things, writing on Facebook, “Andrew and I are still very much together. … We keep our lives as private as possible.”

A source who knows them both told PEOPLE at the time that the home sale was part of a larger “downsizing,” with Lee’s focus elsewhere — on new TV projects and ailing family members.

03 of 08

Taylor Swift & Conor Kennedy

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Circa her fourth album, when Swift famously sang about Ethel Kennedy, she also briefly dated her grandson Conor, the son of Robert Kennedy Jr. and the late Mary Kennedy. Swift, who was 22 at the time, and Kennedy, who was 18, were spotted kissing and hugging over a weekend in July 2012.

"They have been dating for a bit," a source told PEOPLE. "She is swept off her feet."

Swift was also beloved by Kennedy's family during their whirlwind romance.

"She is just spectacular," Ethel said at the RFK golf tournament at the Hyannisport Club on October 2012. "She’s just sensational inside and out."

When asked if her grandson had taken a liking to Swift, Ethel replied, "Yes! How could you not? I think the world has."

04 of 08

Jane Fonda & Sen. Tom Hayden

Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden
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The Oscar winner, 81, was married for nearly 20 years to political activist and former California Sen. Tom Hayden, who passed away in October 2016 at 76. It was the second marriage for both and they share a son, Troy Garity.

In 2017, Fonda commemorated her late husband and their 17-year marriage by organizing a memorial with Hayden's widow Barbara Williams and son Garity to celebrate Hayden's "6 decades of commitment to peace, justice and democracy," according to Fonda's website.

"He was able to whisper to me the day before he died that seeing people willing to die for their beliefs changed him forever," Fonda wrote. "And it was 'forever.' He never stopped trying to make Democracy a reality."

05 of 08

Kate Mulgrew & Tim Hagan

Kate Mulgrew and Tim Hagan
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The Orange Is the New Black and Star Trek actress was married to Ohio politician Hagan from 1999 to 2013.

Hagan, 73, was the "great love of her life" but he had "unexpectedly broken up with her," according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The divorce, she later revealed during her interview, came as a result of their careers taking them in different directions.

"All the separations took a toll," Mulgrew, 64, told the paper. "No one was at fault. We are who we are. I was passionate about my career, and he was so important as a commissioner in Cleveland. He's rooted there, and I'm not sure I ever fully understood the depth of that or honored it."

06 of 08

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger & Maria Shriver

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver
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The journalist and daughter of the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who was part of the Kennedy family, is still legally married to action star and former California Gov. Schwarzenegger, although she filed for divorce in 2011 after she learned Schwarzenegger had fathered a child with their housekeeper.

The former couple shares four children together: Christopher, Patrick, Christina, and Katherine, who is currently engaged to actor Chris Pratt.

"My family has done a great job at keeping us all together, showing up for one another," Katherine told PEOPLE TV in September 2016, five years after her parents' separation. "We are all very, very close and love one another. Just because my parents aren't necessarily together doesn't mean anything or affect our family in any other way."

07 of 08

Marilyn Monroe & President John F. Kennedy

Marilyn Monroe & JFK
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Before Hollywood legend Monroe died of an overdose in 1962 at the age of 36, the star and her relationship with former President John F. Kennedy had been the subject of speculation following her iconic "Happy Birthday" performance for Kennedy's 45th birthday at Madison Square Garden, which took place just months before Monroe's death.

"What happened to Marilyn Monroe is one of the great mysteries of the 20th century,” her biographer James Spada told PEOPLE in 2012.

Though Spada said he doesn’t believe there’s any proof that the Kennedys were responsible for Monroe’s death, "It was pretty clear that Marilyn had had sexual relations with both Bobby and Jack," using nicknames for the president and his brother Robert.

According to Spada, actor Peter Lawford introduced Monroe to the president in 1954. But when he tired of her, he passed her off to his brother. This happened, according to Spada, in the spring of 1962.

08 of 08

Rita Hayworth & Prince Aly Khan

Rita Hayworth and Aly Khan
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The iconic actress and dancer was married to Khan, a dignitary and United Nations official, for four years before they divorced in the '50s when daughter Princess Yasmin Aga Khan was 3.

"My earliest memories of my mother and father together were when I was 8 or 9," Princess Yasmin recalled in a cover story she wrote for PEOPLE in 1987, in honor of her late mother, who died at 68 from complications associated with Alzheimer's disease. "There were always good feelings between them, and although their marriage didn’t work, theirs was a truly good relationship."

Yasmin added: "I was 10 when my father was killed in a car accident in France. His death was a deep emotional shock to Mother, and probably it was at that time that the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease began."

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