Transcript: Marie Curie | Jul 20, 1999

(music plays)

Against a purple background, animated letters read “Blast from the past.”

A caption appears on screen. It reads “Marie Curie.”

A black and white picture of Marie Curie appears.

The Narrator says MARIE CURIE WAS BEST
KNOWN AS THE ONLY PERSON
TO WIN THE NOBEL PRIZE TWICE.
ONCE IN 1903 FOR CHEMISTRY
WITH HER HUSBAND PIERRE,
AND AGAIN ON HER OWN
IN 1911 FOR PHYSICS.
HOWEVER THE SECOND OCCASION
WAS MARRED BY SCANDAL.
MARIE CURIE WAS HAVING AN
AFFAIR WITH A MARRIED MAN,
SCIENTIST PAUL LANGEVIN.
WHILE IT WAS ACCEPTABLE
IN PARISIAN SOCIETY
FOR MARRIED MEN TO HAVE
AFFAIRS AND MISTRESSES
IT WAS NOT ACCEPTABLE
FOR THESE MISTRESSES TO BE
OLDER AND MORE PROMINENT.
LANGEVIN'S WIFE, JEANNE,
HIT THE ROOF WHEN SHE FOUND
LOVE LETTERS FROM CURIE.
SHE BEGAN DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS
AND ALSO LEAKED THE LETTERS
TO THE FRENCH PRESS
WHO WERE HAPPY TO SPLASH
THE INTIMATE DETAILS ALL
OVER THE FRONT PAGES.

Fast clips show a couple dancing, a woman scientist, a man laughing, women hugging a man, an old comedy film, bombs falling and a paper that reads “Germany surrenders.”

The Narrator continues ALL OF THIS WAS TOO
MUCH FOR PAUL LANGEVIN.
HE CHALLENGED ONE
PUBLISHER TO A DUEL.
IT WOULD TAKE PLACE AT DAWN,
PISTOLS BEING DRAWN
AT 25 METRES.
THE DUEL WAS TO BE
COUNTED BY PAUL PAINLEVE,
A MATHEMATICIAN WHO LATER
BECAME FRENCH PRIME MINISTER.

Soldiers shoot and a male professor gives a lesson.

The Narrator continues PAINLEVE HAD NEVER
COUNTED A DUEL BEFORE.
HE BLEW IT BY COUNTING
TOO FAST AND CAUGHT THE
COMBATANTS OFF-GUARD.
BOTH MEN RAISED THEIR
PISTOLS BUT NEITHER FIRED.
THE DUEL WAS CALLED OFF.
MEANWHILE, BACK IN STOCKHOLM,
THE NOBEL PRIZE COMMITTEE
WAS CONCERNED OVER MARIE'S
REPUTATION IN THE PAPERS.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS SUGGESTED
THAT SHE SETTLE THE ALLEGATIONS
AND PUT OFF
ACCEPTING THE PRIZE.
SO, MARIE CURIE GOT RID
OF PAUL LANGEVIN FOR GOOD
AND ACCEPTED HER
SECOND NOBEL PRIZE.
IN TIME, LANGEVIN RECONCILED
WITH HIS WIFE AND TOOK
ANOTHER MISTRESS.

A slate reads “A Production of TV Ontario. Copyright The Ontario Educational Communications Authority 1999.”

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