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3somes in Movies, TV and Life

Butch, Sundance and Etta


New York magazine:

Gossip Girl’s recent three-way raised the ire of the Parents Television Council, who called the scene “reckless and irresponsible.” The three-way (as distinct from the ménage à trois, technically only a living situation), has historically been the domain of artists and rebels, and is frequently portrayed by Hollywood.


“A Short History of Three-Ways” NY Magazine: November, 2009

As related by Barbara Foster, Michael Foster, and Letha Hadady (who have themselves lived as a threesome since 1981) in their book, Three in Love.

1742: Casanova loses his virginity, at the age of 17, to two sisters.

1882: Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul Ree, and Lou Andreas-Salome live together in Rome.

1926: “Ernvest [Hemingway] was sleeping with [wife] Hadley and making love to Pauline in [Antibes’] secluded coves; the three would eat breakfast in bed together.”

1930: Bonnie and Clyde recruit 17-year-old William Jones to assist in robberies and, allegedly, to service both of them sexually.

1940s: According to a biographer, sculptor Alberto Giacometti “sometimes liked a third person present at moments of physical intimacy.”

1952: Neal Cassady tries to persuade his wife Carolyn and Jack Kerouac to try “a three- way ball.” Kerouac is unable to perform.

Sometime between 1960 and 1963: “A brief, most unusual threesome took place during the painting of [Salvador Dalí’s] Venus Awaiting a Phone Call, whose model was Ultra Violet, an actress from Andy Warhol’s Factory. The third was a lobster.”


So How Common Are Three-Ways in Real Life?
Number of NYC Craigslist “Casual Encounters” threesome ads by gender breakdown during a recent seven-day period.

Top 10 Literary Menages: The Guardian

Ewan Morrison, the UK author of three novels which explore modern relationships and sexuality: Ménage, Distance and Swung, gave his favorite top 10 literary menages a trois for The Guardian. Apparently, he read our book Three in Love VERY CLOSELY. He wrote:

Three in Love: Ménages à Trois from Ancient to Modern Times by Barbara Foster, Michael Foster and Letha Hadady

“The only authoritative history of the ménage from the middle ages to the 1990s, written in three different styles by three authors who apparently live together in a ménage à trois. A little woolly at times, and very American in its positivity, it’s nevertheless invaluable as a source for the curious. The list of historical “ménagers” within is astounding.”

We don’t know what “woolly” means and we don’t mind being called “positive.” Three is a nice number for positive love stories as well as deadly triangles. The photo above is of Jules, Jim and Catherine, the book and movie based on the historic menage a trois of Henri Roche. See their love story in Three in Love.

Entertainment Weekly: “Racy & Engaging!”

THREE IN LOVE: MENAGES A TROIS FROM ANCIENT TO MODERN TIMES

Writers: Michael Foster, Barbara Foster, Letha Hadady; Genre: History

Book review by L.S. Klepp:

July, 1997

Three’s company and two is downsizing. At least that’s life as seen through the six eyes of the authors, who tell us they’ve had their own menage a trois since 1981 and have written this book — a history of threesomes — to establish a pedigree. But in spite of some sketchy psychology, they have a point — well, maybe three points. Threesomes have been overlooked when not moralistically slandered; they aren’t necessarily perverse or unstable; they turn up frequently in life and art. The book offers the familiar (Lord Nelson and the Hamiltons; Henry and June Miller and Anais Nin) and some surprises (a Communist menage for Lenin, a Nazi one for Goebbels, an Imperial Twilight one for Nehru and the Mountbattens). There’s also the occasional grating noise of a definition being stretched (the Marquis de Sade’s sex life was more menagerie than menage). It’s racy and engaging, even if you think three is still, in general, a crowd.

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