Warren Beatty’s long-time reputation as a womanizer has apparently gotten a boost with the publication of Peter Biskind’s biography, “Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America.”
According to published reports in the New York Post, Biskind estimates Beatty bedded 12,775 women, even though the 72-year-old “Shampoo” star did not lose his virginity until he was 20.
According to reports, Biskind says this figure “does not include day-time quickies, drive-bys, casual gropings, stolen kisses and so on.”
The star, who has been married to actress Annette Bening for almost 18 years, has been linked in the past to a host of women including Jane Fonda, Natalie Wood, Joan Collins and Madonna.
According to Biskind, an Oscar statuette was an aphrodisiac for the actor and explains his long list of A-list conquests.
In a statement to the Huffington Post, Beatty’s attorney, Bertram Fields, claims the book is an unauthorized biography.
“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 Beatty and should not be published as an authorized biography,” Fields says. “It contains many false assertions and purportedly quotes Mr. Beatty as saying things he never said. Other media should not repeat things from the book on the assumption that they are true or that the book is an authorized biography.”
Children of a retired drama teacher, Beatty and his sister, actress Shirley MacLaine, grew up in suburban Virginia. He got his start opposite Natalie Wood in 1961’s “Splendor in the Grass” and gained prominence opposite Faye Dunaway in the 1967 hit “Bonnie and Clyde.”
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Beatty has 14 Oscar nominations to his credit and is the only star to be twice nominated for four Academy Awards in the same year. The first was for “Heaven Van Wait” in 1978 and the second for “Reds” in 1981, which netted him his only Oscar – for best director.
Friends with borth former president John F. Kennedy and his borther, Robert F. Kennedy, Beatty has long been rumored to have political ambitions.
Beatty has been married to Bening since March 1992 and they have four children.
Biskind’s 640-page biography is to be published on Jan. 12 by Simon & Schuster, which has the same parent company as CBS. Biskind is the author of several other books about Hollywood.