Mistress's Tragic History Revealed AP Rielle Hunter may be best known for carrying John Edwards' love child, but her dark past includes a long line of tragedy and scandal. Famous author based a character off herMore NewsRomney Avoids Hot Issues in SpeechDead Man Wakes at His Own FuneralForeclosure Flub Costs Woman Thousands
Rielle Hunter's life had a lurid, supermarket-tabloid quality to it – full of deception, betrayal, reckless behavior and broken dreams – well before she became a party to one of the biggest lies in recent American political history.
Her father had her beloved show horse killed for insurance money. An ex-boyfriend used her as his muse for the "cocaine-addled, sexually voracious" narrator of one of his novels. She went to Hollywood to become a star and left about a decade later with only a few bit parts.