The Wild One
updated 10/04/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 10/04/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Perhaps not. But ever since she wed Cooke in 1990, the details of Marlene's life have been an endless source of fascination in and around the nation's capital. For instance, there is the small matter of her police rap sheet. At the time of the marriage, the Bolivian-born Marlene, who came to the U.S. in the mid-'70s, had finished serving four months in federal prison for conspiracy to import cocaine. Ever since her 1986 bust, the Immigration and Naturalization Service has been trying to deport her.
Then, in a celebrated incident last year, Marlene was treated for a gunshot wound to the hand. She claimed she had found the unregistered handgun in a trunk at the Cookes' Northwest Washington home and that it had accidentally discharged.
In the past, Cooke has steadfastly defended his wife. (The pair met through Jack's third wife, Suzanne, who had been an acquaintance of Marlene's.) As the latest scandal continued to grip the interest of Beltway insiders, though, the flamboyant power baron was lying low and holding his silence.