Famous People Who Might Have Actually Been Secret Spies

Many of the celebrities that we idolize have a few skeletons in their closet, but they may not be as big and bulky as the ones on this list. Much like the characters from James Bond films, the stars on this list spent some time allegedly playing the spy game and it didn’t always end well. Here’s a list of celebs who might have been conspiring with the enemy.

1. Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl is best known for writing popular children’s books like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG and Matilda, but some people also claimed that Dahl spied on Americans before becoming a successful author. During the beginning of World War II, Dahl was reportedly canoodling with wealthy women, one of whom was the wife of Time magazine’s publisher, Henry Luce. Unfortunately for the budding spy, the only information that he gained was of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s affair.

2. Ernest Hemingway

During his last few days, author Ernest Hemingway was consistently made out to be a secret agent for the KGB by none other than the first director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover. The agency monitored Hemingway and it became so bad that his friends felt that the writer would have gone mad from it. In 1960, Hemingway checked himself into a clinic, hoping to put an end to the paranoia and anxiety, but that never happened. The next year, he was gone, and his death is still blamed on the FBI surveillance. Unfortunately, Hoover’s claims weren’t unfounded; KGB files revealed that Hemingway met with Soviet agents to express his willingness to work for them. 

3. Wallis Simpson 

Wallis Simpson caught the attention of Edward VIII, the King of England shortly after the divorce from her second husband and despite his family’s opposition, he was willing to do the unthinkable to be with her. Rather than ending the relationship, he gave up the throne, passing it on to his younger brother George VI, the father of Elizabeth II. Their story had the makings of a decent Lifetime movie had it not been for the rumors that Edwards love for Wallis was not reciprocated. Some claimed that she had affairs with German ministers, specifically Joachim von Ribbentrop and fed him information about the royals. There were also rumors that Wallis and Edward were working closely with a well-known German dictator, but that has yet to be proven true. 

4. Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel may be known for her luxury fashion brand, but during the early 20th century, the designer and businesswoman was rumored to be a spy for Germans. Chanel lived in France when it was occupied by the Germans and while many did not enjoy their presence, she was one of few who openly celebrated it. She was also involved with high-ranking German officer Baron Hans Gunther von Dincklage. Additionally, it was rumored that she was given the agent number “F-7124” and the codename “Westminster” and her duties included recruiting other informants and spies. It was also believed that she was sent to England to convince her friend, Winston Churchill, to make a truce with the Germans. 

5. Mata Hari 

Mata Hari was a Dutch dancer who rose to fame during World War I after performing routines for thousands of men around Paris. Additionally, she was known to frequent the company of Paris’ elite, which made her the perfect spy. The French wanted Mata Hari to share information gained from her German lovers, but they didn’t know that she’d gotten the same offer from the Germans. When the French started to become suspicious, she was arrested and after admitting to being paid 20,000 francs to spy on the French, she was sentenced to death.


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