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IN Celebrities ON 17 Nov, 2015
This may sound strange, but various people throughout the history opted to wed within their own familial bloodlines. Many cultures do not consider it good, it's even illegal in some countries. But that did not stop these famous people from marrying their own cousin. They have proved that at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is being with that single person who you love the most.
Nothing is wrong or right when you are in love.
Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, has been married three times. His first wife was Regina Peruggi, who is the daughter of his father's first cousin.
In 1891, H.G. Wells married his first cousin, Isabel Mary Wells. But the relationship did not work, and they got separated in 1894.
In 1963, Iraqi Dictator Saddam Hussein married his first cousin Sajida Talfah.
Christopher married his maternal first cousin, Lesley de Selincourt. Christopher's parents did not approve this marriage, especially his mother who was so upset that she did not speak with her for fifteen years, even on her deathbed.
Poe at the time of his marriage was 27 while Virginia was only 13.
The couple had ten children together, one died at the age of 10, and two died in infancy. Whenever any of his children would become ill, he would always think that it was due to inbreeding.
They began dating in 1912 when Einstein was already married to his first wife, Milea Maric. They married in June 1919. They were double cousins, they were first cousins on his mother's side and second cousins on his father's side.
Jerry married his first cousin Myra when she was only 13. It was his third marriage. There were rumours that he still wasn't divorced from his second wife when they married. Their marriage did not last long, and he married four other women, for a total of 7 marriages.
The happy couple met when Elenor was 2 and Franklin, 4. Elenor was Franklin's fifth cousin, once removed.
While Greta's mother just wanted her to be happy, her father did not approve the relationship. She said, "My dad Luca was deeply offended and quite devastated. He was very angry. Some of the Italian relatives were utterly outraged. My dad found it especially hard because he had cut himself off from all his kin (because of personality clashes) except Carlo, who was his favorite nephew. They were close friends and for a while afterwards they didn't speak. Dad was furious and Carlo was very hurt."
On February 21, 1807, these childhood sweethearts got tied into the holy bond of marriage. The 12-year marriage came to an end when, Hannah died of tuberculosis at the age of 35.
Queen Victoria was married to her first cousin, Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. She knew for most of her life that she would be married to him, and luckily for her, it turns out she was actually attracted to him.
The couple are together since 1982. They discovered that they are actually ninth cousins once removed, while filming the PBS show Finding Your Roots.