Wicked Warren; HOLLYWOOD Bad Boy Warren Beatty Has Had Sex with 12,000 Women, According to a New Book, Writes Lindsay Clydesdale

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Byline: Lindsay Clydesdale

a LONG with best friend Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty is responsible for having their LA neighbourhood nicknamed Bad Boy Drive.

Beatty's list of lovers crossed generations, from Joan Collins to Madonna and Elle Macpherson. However, his ambition and drive went further than beautiful women.

He used the same charisma and looks to become a respected actor, producer and Oscar-winning director.

But as Star - The Life And Wild Times Of Warren Beatty by Peter Biskind reveals, he harboured even bigger dreams and was once considered a serious candidate for Vice-President of the USA.

From the moment he arrived in Hollywood, aged 22, Beatty made waves.

Tall,handsomeandbrimmingwith sexual confidence, he wasted no time making friends with the right people -actorCaryGrant,directorEliaKazan and playwright Tennessee Williams.

More often than not, it meant another notch on his bedpost.

After a brief but steamy fling with TURN TO PAGE 4 MADE FOR MEN >FROM THE FRONT Jane Fonda, who he met at a screen test, he moved on to Joan Collins, then 26 and at the peak of her fame. Her friends thought he was using her but Joan was deaf to their concerns.

They had an intense relationship and were together for almost 18 months, driven mostly by Beatty's relentless sex drive.

Joan said: "He never stops. In a few years I'll be worn out." When a sceptic asked if they really had sex seven times a day, she replied: "Maybe he did but I just lay there."

Her sister, the novelist Jackie Collins, would later claim Beatty also tried to seduce her, adding: "But Warren would proposition a chair if it looked at him sideways."

When Joan became pregnant, Beatty persuaded her to have an abortion, before suggesting they get engaged.

But with his career taking off and time spent apart as both filmed on location, it wasn't long before the relationship ended.

Beatty was immediately linked with Natalie Wood, his co-star in Splendour In The Grass and wife of actor Robert Wagner.

According to Biskind, Beatty embodied the sexual revolution of the 1960s and was, for many men, the single most persuasive argument against marriage and family.

Biskind also wrote the best-seller Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, which laid bare the excesses of the 1970s movie scene.

He claims that when Beatty's career was flying, no woman was beneath his notice.

"Stars, starlets and models, of course, but also TV newscasters, studio executives, journalists, hatcheck girls, waitresses, dental hygienists, even daughters of friends," he noted.

"Any woman, in other words, who crossed his path - the innocent bystanders grazing the stacks in a library, stopped at a traffic light in the next car, pulling bread off a shelf in a supermarket or sitting, like Collins, at a nearby table.

"How many women were there? Easier to count the stars in the sky. Beatty used to say he couldn't get to sleep at night without having sex. It was part of his routine, like flossing.

"As the evening progressed, he would disappear with his little black book, looking for a phone.

"Simple arithmetic tells us that if he had no more than one partner a night - and often there were several - over a period of, say, three and a half decades, from the mid-1950s when he arrived in New York to 1991, when he met Annette Bening, and allowing for the stretches when he was with the same woman, more or less, we can arrive at a figure of 12,775 women, give or take. That 's a figure that does not include daytime quickies and so on." Beatty has since, through his lawyer, denied this figure.

But even if Biskind's ballpark figure is way off, there's no question that until he met Annette, he was having a lot more sex than the average man, more even than most Hollywood bad-boy pin-ups.

Little wonder that if a film of his life is ever made, he's reported to want fellow lothario Colin Farrell to play him. …