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Mary Boleyn (1499-1543)
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|Who was Mary Boleyn?|
Mary Boleyn was the older sister of Anne Boleyn, who was the second wife of England's Henry VIII.
Mary Boleyn is best known today from the modern film The Other Boleyn Sister, in which she was portrayed by actress Scarlett Johansson.
Mary Boleyn was born in either 1499 or 1500; the exact date is unknown.
Mary Boleyn died on July 19, 1543.
Why is Mary Boleyn famous?
Mary Boleyn was Henry VIII's mistress. She was rumored to be the mother of two of Henry VIII's illegitimate children.
Mary Boleyn was married twice.
Her first husband (1520-1528) was Sir William Carey, of Aldenham, a courtier.
Her second husband (1534-1543) was Sir William Stafford, of Chebsey, a soldier. The royal family (Henry and Anne) were disappointed in Mary's marriage to Stafford because Stafford was a commoner. As a result of this marriage, Mary Boleyn was banished and spent the rest of her life living in obscurity.
Mary Boleyn had two children (allegedly) with her first husband, Sir William Carey.
Mary Boleyn had two children with her second husband, Sir William Stafford.
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|Mary Boleyn is the ancestor of many leading historical figures, including: Charles Darwin, Diana, Princess of Wales, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, John Davison Rockefeller, P.G. Wodehouse, Prince William (United Kingdom), Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Sir Winston Churchill.|
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