Either Warren Beatty slept with 12,775 women or he did not. It's a large number to expect to be exact, but that's the figure put forth in Peter Biskind's upcoming book Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America, an "authorized" biography that Beatty says he did not authorize. Are these the kind of rumors men dispute?
"Mr. Biskind's tedious and boring book on Mr. Beatty was not authorized by Mr. Beatty and should not be published as an authorized biography," Beatty's attorney told The Huffington Post after the New York Post "leaked" the salacious gossip.
Biskind says he arrived at the figure "using simple arithmetic" and that it "does not include daytime quickies, drive-bys, casual gropings, stolen kisses and so on." Meaning, what, third base and onward, but only over two minutes? Assuming for the sake of hygiene that Beatty limited himself to one woman a day, by this basic math, he may have spent 35-years-worth of nights getting laid. And though Beatty is denying the claims, even plus-or-minus 10,000 females, it's still an impressive number! (And since 1 in 5 Americans are believed to have the active form of herpes, Beatty's got about the same chances as a porn star of not having that STD.)
The prodigious total puts Beatty in the company of insatiable, doubtlessly disease-riddled studs like Gene Simmons (approx. 5,000) and basketball star Wilt Chamberlain, whose second autobiography A View From Above put his bedpost notches around 20,000, or about 8 women per week. Simmons' commitmentphobic wisdom: "All relationships are open."
Beatty's greatest hits to be named so far include Jane Fonda, Joan Collins, Julie Christie, Diane Keaton and Madonna. "I thought he was gay," Fonda told Biskind about their tender kiss in 1960. Apparently, Beatty spent the subsequent half-century proving her wrong.