Lewinsky, who was a former White House intern, found her name on the lips of every Tom, Dick, and Harry after she was betrayed by her close friend Linda Tripp.
Lewinsky and Tripp worked together in the Pentagon’s public affairs office, and their relationship grew from co-workers to bosom friends.
At a point, Lewinsky decided to confide in Tripp that she was having a steamy affair with then POTUS, Bill Clinton.
Tripp began covertly taping Lewinsky’s confessions about the affair with Clinton and later became the informant for the investigation into the Clinton-Lewinsky sex scandal.
FX has just aired the first episode of its new series “Impeachment: American Crime Story” and the series has revisited the true events that initiated America’s first impeachment proceedings in over a century.
Since it aired, the show has sparked a couple of questions about the ladies involved in the story. This includes how and when Linda Tripp died and the effects of the scandal on Lewinsky.
Here’s an answer to that, plus what Tripp’s daughter thinks about the actor
who portrayed her mother.
A One-Way Route
Ever since the affair, the effects of the scandal have been a heavyweight for Lewinsky to bear. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, she reflected on her past saying;
“It was an avalanche of pain and humiliation. I think at 24 years old; it was really hard to hold onto a shred of dignity or self-esteem when you’re just the butt of so many jokes.”
After her name was on every news headline in the country, finding a job was almost impossible. She even considered changing her name to bring some respite in the form of anonymity, but later decided against it.
“Bill Clinton didn’t have to change his name. Nobody’s ever asked him did he think he should change his name and so [keeping mine] I think that was an important statement,” she said to THR.
Another effect was on her love life. When asked by Vanity Fair in a Q&A what her greatest fear was she replied;
“It’s a toss-up between a tarantula crawling on me and dying alone.”
To date, Lewinsky has never been married. Perhaps too much negative fame tilted her love life in a direction it could not swing back from.
How & When Linda Tripp Died
Reports revealed that after Tripp learned of the affair between Lewinsky and Clinton, she began secretly taping all the conversations they had as she was eyeing a book deal.
However, it was illegal to record someone without their consent, and it could be punishable by law.
In the end, Tripp had to submit the audio tapes to special counsel Ken Starr and received immunity from prosecution in return.
In an interview with Slate’s Slow Burn podcast back in 2018, Tripp mused about her role in the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal.
“One assumes it was in some way an actual relationship of sorts–romantic, physical, whatever, it was a relationship–which couldn’t be farther from the truth,” she said.
“What it was a series of encounters to address a physical need, a use of a young girl, and then the sort of cold, hard dismissal of her on any human level.”
Tripp later disclosed that her one regret was that she didn’t hand the recordings to Starr sooner. She died On April 8, 2020 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 70 years old.
Lewinsky’s Reaction To Tripp’s Death
Just before Tripp’s death, social media was hit with reports that she was at death’s door. Lewinsky reacted via Twitter when she heard the news, as she tweeted; “No matter the past, upon hearing that Linda Tripp is very seriously ill, I hope for her recovery.”
“I can’t imagine how difficult this is for her family,” she added.
Lewinsky’s actions did not go unnoticed as she was applauded by many for sharing her sympathies.
Tripp is survived by her husband, Dieter Rausch, and her daughter, Allison Tripp Foley. There was no funeral for her due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Tripp’s Daughter Shares Opinion Of Her Mom’s Role
After the first episode aired, Tripp’s daughter disclosed how her mother would feel about her part in the series.
“I can [imagine] my mother’s reactions in my head. To be perfectly honest, I think she would be blown away by that episode and how they portrayed her,” Foley told Vanity Fair.
“She always said that the truth eventually does come out. This episode portrayed her–it’s sad to say–but in a more flattering way than how she was portrayed when she was alive,” she added.
Foley went on to disclose her view on Sarah Paulson, who was cast as her mother in the series.
“I have to say–and I’m only limited to the one episode that I’ve seen–but I do think Sarah did a good job. Of course, there were some inaccuracies I see as her daughter [but]… She captured a lot of my mom–just how smart and witty she was…”
“I had to laugh at a couple of lines because that’s how she got through the pain… the show did a good job digging deep to find out truly how she ticked,” she concluded.