AshleyMadison.com, a dating site devoted to people who love snapping bonds of matrimony (its slogan is, "Life is short -- Have an affair") has come up with its 2013 list of the top ten cities for mistresses as measured by the percentage of women who cheat. And Denver made it! Woo-hoo!
What places share this august honor? Count down the top ten, which we've illustrated with pics and text from a Pinterest page devoted to "Famous Mistresses and Favorites" throughout history. Just say yes.
Geneviève "Ginette" Lantelme (born Mathilde Fossey; 1887-1911) was a French actress, socialite and courtesan, best known as the mistress of Alfred Edwards, from whose yacht she fell to her death in July 1911.
Denver -- 18.1% Number 9:
Giulia Barucci (1837 - 1870/1871). Mistress of Edward VII. Boasted that she was the greatest whore in the world.
Ft. Lauderdale -- 20.4% Number 8:
Hortense Mancini, the fourth between five Mancini sisters, was the most beautiful lady at the court of Louis XIV.She was married to one of the richest nobles of France at the age of 20, but left him as he was mad.After that her life became an adventure:she wielded a sword and a gun,wore a man's suit,became a mistress to Louis XIV and to Charles II, who presented her a pension and a castle where she lived.Her great-great granddaughter entered The Grimaldi family.
Charlotte, South Carolina -- 22.2 Continue to keep counting down the top ten mistress cities. Number 7:
Emily Warren was recruited and trained by one of London's most notorious madams after she was discovered begging on the streets. Reynolds painted her as Thais and lauded her "faultless and finely formed" figure. William Hickey wrote of Emily in his Memoires of a Georgian Rake. She was the mistress of his friend Bob Potts when she died suddenly of a fever in India.
Honolulu -- 24.3% Number 6:
Countess Anna Petrovna Lopukhina (8 November 1777 - 25 April 1805) was a royal mistress to Emperor Paul of Russia. In 1798, She replaced Catherine Nelidova as the chief mistress.
Houston -- 25.1% Number 5:
Margaret Brooke, Lady Denham" by Sir Peter Lely (1663-1665) in the Royal Collection, UK - From the curators' comments: "Margaret Brooke was the daughter of Sir William Brooke. In 1665 she married Sir John Denham but soon became known as the Duke of York's mistress."
Los Angeles -- 25.7% Continue to keep counting down the top ten mistress cities. Number 4:
Pauline Félicité de Mailly-Nesle (1712-1741), marquise de Vintimille, was the second of the five famous de Nesle sisters, four of whom would become mistresses of King Louis XV of France.
Las Vegas -- 28.5% Number 3:
Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione (1837-1899. She was the mistress of Napoleon III and had no other interests in life besides her looks and her clothes. Even Napoleon found her a bore.
Dallas -- 31.9% Number 2:
Dorothea Jordan (21 November 1761 - 5 July 1816) was an Anglo-Irish actress, courtesan, and the mistress and companion of the future King William IV of the United Kingdom, for 20 years while he was Duke of Clarence. Together they had ten illegitimate children, all of whom took the surname FitzClarence.
Washington, DC -- 34.7% Number 1:
Marie-Elisabeth de Ludres, known as Isabelle de Ludres, chanoinesse de Poussay (1647, Ludres - 28 January 1726, Nancy), was a French noble (marquise), lady-in-waiting, canoness (chanoinesse), and royal mistress of Louis XIV of France in 1675-76.
Phoenix -- 38.4%
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