Cynthia Lennon – the original “Mrs. Robinson”?

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A reincarnational case study featuring a Brontë, a movie, and a Beatles wife.

In the 1967 comedy-drama movie The Graduate, a bright young graduate named Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) is seduced by the older, wiser and saucier Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft). Benjamin finds himself way out of his depth, and his troubles only increase when he falls in love with Mrs. Robinson’s daughter.

The movie was based on a book of the same name. There has been some speculation that the inspiration for the fictional Mrs. Robinson was a certain real-life Mrs. Lydia Robinson in nineteenth-century England, who caused a scandal by her affair with young Branwell Brontë, the wayward brother of the famous English novelists, the Brontë sisters. (Note the initials B.B.: Branwell Brontë, Benjamin Braddock).

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