London: Screen legend Humphrey Bogart, bedded nearly 1000 women, but still feared he might be gay, it has emerged.
Bogart had three unhappy marriages before he met the love of his life, Lauren Bacall, whom he married in 1945.
The extraordinary claim is made in a new biography ‘Humphrey Bogart, the Making of a Legend,’ due out next month, reports the Daily Mail.
It is based on unpublished memoirs and interviews with some of the actor`s contemporaries
Darwin Porter, a journalist who worked in Hollywood in the 1960s, has written the book.
He ran away to Broadway, where during the 1920s he found fame and fortune - and began his incredible catalogue of sexual conquests.
“When Broadway had around 120 theatres, there were four actresses for every available actor. No one has estimated this before, but it`s likely Bogart slept with 1000 women, mostly at this time,” said Porter.
Joan Blondell, an on-off girlfriend of Bogart`s, said: “The zipper was invented in 1926. Bogie demanded one be sewed into all of his pants - sex was a lot faster that way.”