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Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of former Sen. John Edwards (D-North Carolina), died yesterday at age 61 after a long battle with cancer.

Elizabeth Edwards, who was variously portrayed as Joan of Arc and Lady Macbeth (and who may have had some characteristics of both but probably was somewhere in between), was seen as a major political asset to her husband, who twice ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic presidential nomination and was the Democratic vice-presidential nominee in 2004. However, she also endured public tragedy, dealing both with the death of a teenaged son in a car accident and the humiliation of being cuckolded by a husband proven to be both unfaithful and a congenital liar.
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