In the annals of Hollywood history, there was no greater ladies’ man than Warren Beatty, whose sexual prowess was the stuff of Tinseltown legend — the result, claimed the author of a recent biography of the “Bonnie and Clyde” star, of his bedding nearly 13,000 women.
Beatty has never commented on this number — until now, discussing the figure (arrived at in an unauthorized 2010 biography by Peter Biskind) in a new interview with AARP magazine.
“Think about it, sleeping with 12,775 people,” said the 79-year-old Oscar-winner in the interview, his first in nearly two decades. “That would mean not just that there were multiple people a day, but that there was no repetition.”
“Look, I never mislead anyone,” he added, intimating that while the number may not have reached 12,000, it was, well, high. “And … and I’m a nice guy.”
As Beatty explains, he knew when he met wife Annette Bening that he was finally ready to settle down. “I waited a long time to be married. When you don’t get married until you’re 54 … well, as Arthur Miller said, ‘It comes with the territory.'”
Beatty added: “I always knew I wanted to have children. I wanted to do it well, and I wanted to do it with someone who felt the same way. I’m an attentive father, I have to struggle somewhat not to be overly attentive. It’s a burden to be the child of not only one famous parent, but two.”
You can read more with Beatty in the October/November issue of AARP magazine.
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