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Who are some famous lifelong singles?

Asked by orlando (616 points ) February 13th, 2013

Do you know of any famous (more or less known) lifelong singles, who never married and never had children?

Like Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla, Condoleezza Rice, etc.

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marinelife's avatar

Octavia Butler, Molly Ivins, Ed Koch, Janet Reno, David Souter, Coco Chanel, Isaac Newton.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Pope Benedict has to be right at the top of the list.

rebbel's avatar

Mother Teresa

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

John Mayer? Taylor Swift?

zenvelo's avatar

Truman Capote.
Gertrude Stein.

fremen_warrior's avatar

is this a hitlist or something?

Brian1946's avatar

Probably quite a few members of the 27 club, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, and Amy Winehouse.

diavolobella's avatar

Some of these people weren’t singles. Amy Winehouse was once married. Brian Jones was married and had children. Truman Capote had a long-term relationship with Jack Dunphy.

tups's avatar

H.C Andersen died a virgin.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Tesla was the first that jumped to mind for me.

I feel like I remember hearing of someone who was celibate their whole life and near the end decided to see what sex was like so they got a hooker and ended up getting an STD that resulted in their death. Can’t remember who the hell it was though or if I’m even getting the story completely right.

ucme's avatar

Joan of Arc…okay, twas a short life, but still.
HRH Elizabeth I…not for nothing known as the virgin queen.
Fun factoid, Katherine Hepburn & Spencer Tracey never married, though they were in a relationship for 27yrs, he was unable to divorce his catholic wife.

gailcalled's avatar

Ed Koch
J Edgar Hoover
Helen Keller

(It is probable that they all had lovers, more or less secretly. Some of the world’s
best secrets, however.)

Sunny2's avatar

If Gertrude Stein was single, then I guess Alice B. Toklas was too.
Was Hitler married?

gailcalled's avatar

^^^ Yes and no: he did hang around with the lovely Eva Braun for 14 years.

“As Red Army troops fought their way into the neighbourhood {of Hitler’s bunker} on 29 April 1945, she married Hitler during a brief civil ceremony; she was 33 and he was 56. Less than 40 hours later, they committed suicide together in a sitting room of the bunker, she by biting into a capsule of cyanide. The German public was unaware of Braun’s relationship with Hitler until after her death.” Source

ucme's avatar

@Sunny2 Only for a few hours & only then as a token gesture from a defeated & broken man…romantic bugger eh?

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Frankenstein’s monster.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

President James Buchanan.

Unbroken's avatar

Susan B Anthony
Barbara McClintock
Emily Bronte
Jane Austin
Amelia Earhart (I think)
Jane Addams
Gertrude Bell

diavolobella's avatar

Amelia Earhart was married to George Putnam.

Unbroken's avatar

Thank you @diavobella. I knew I should have fact checked that one. Eventually I will start heeding myself. : )

answerjill's avatar

I think that Jane Addams may have had a significant other. It is up for debate.

Jeruba's avatar

Jesus Christ.
Emily Dickinson.
The Dalai Lama.
Hildegard von Bingen.
Louisa May Alcott.

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