Flavorwire.com has an entertaining piece that links famous literary characters who are known for "their turbulent romances and dramatic downward spirals" to celebrities in tabloids today who are known for the same.
My favorite? The Wife of Bath from Canterbury Tales (who is by far the best character Chaucer wrote):
The Wife of Bath presents herself as an expert on marriage; as she should with five marriages under her belt. She readily admits to using her feminine wiles to control her husbands–touting sexual power as currency in her relationships. Crass and brash, she states at the start of her prologue that a good husband is old, rich, and submissive. Modern day tabloid equivalent? Each and every one of the Bravo Real Housewives.