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5 facts about Stephen Hawking that weren't in The Theory of Everything

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From strippers to aliens, here's what you didn't see in The Theory of Everything

Stephen Hawking's life has been an achievement in more ways than one. At 21, he was given only two years to live, and today, he is 74. In 2014, a movie depicting his fascinating journey was finally released: The Theory of Everything tells the story of the life of "one of the world's greatest living minds," according to the film's official website, and his marriage to Jane Hawking. It received praise from the majority of reviewers.

The Theory of Everything is still a must-see, but we can't help but notice a few interesting things the film left out:

1. Stephen Hawking's marriage to his second wife also ended in divorce

The Theory of Everything depicts the challenging marriage between Stephen (Eddie Redmayne) and Jane Hawking (Felicity Jones). Eventually, the couple divorced and Stephen married his nurse, Elaine Mason (Maxine Peake). Stephen and Elaine divorced in 2006, after 11 years of marriage.

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From strippers to aliens, here's what you didn't see in The Theory of Everything
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2. Rumors of abuse committed by his second wife, Elaine

In 2003, Stephen Hawking's own daughter, Lucy, reported mysterious injuries on her father to the police. According to the Daily Mail, "Prof Hawking declined to explain how his injuries had come about. A number of his former nurses, however, were in no doubt. They alleged that over the years his wife inflicted a catalogue of injuries on the vulnerable scientist: fractured his wrist by slamming it on to his wheelchair; humiliated him by refusing him access to a urine bottle, leaving him to wet himself; gashed his cheek with a razor, allowed him to slip beneath the water while in the bath, ensuring water entered the tracheotomy site in his throat; and left him alone in his garden during the hottest day of the year so long that he suffered heatstroke and severe sunburn."

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