Bud Cort, People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, 1973

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“I don’t think of myself as sexy,” says the diminutive heartthrob, often referred to as “the thinking woman’s sex symbol.” “I don’t even know what that means,” says Cort. “Yes, I do seem to wind up with women of a more, um, intellectual bent, but that is not a prerequisite for loving me.” Cort, known for his brooding good looks and lightning fast mind, has starred in the counterculture classics Harold and Maude and Brewster McCloud. He has been linked with such world-class beauties as Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem, Joan Baez, Laura Nyro, Carly Simon, Anna Karina, and Jackie Onassis. One of his former flames, who asked that her name be withheld, said that she’s never had a lover quite like Cort. “I’ve been with lots of different men, even some rock stars, and let me tell you something, no one, and I mean no one, knows their way around a woman’s body like Bud. The only other man who is comparable is Elliot Gould, and that’s only if he’s on amyl nitrate poppers. But Bud always hits the spot, sober or not.” Cort, who showed up for this interview wearing a black cashmere turtleneck and black slacks, had an audible and visceral effect on the room, his entrance eliciting gasps and wet, squelching sounds from the females in attendance, including the author. Some men have to try hard to be sexy, but with Cort it is effortless. His eyes lock onto yours and you feel as if you are the only person in the world, that it’s just you and Cort, that you have been transported to a paradise for two. Within five minutes of our interview I knew that I would bed Cort, and that it would be the highlight of my sexual life. And it was. Bud Cort is one of the great lovers in the history of Hollywood, up there with Chaplin, Flynn, Cooper, and Hackett.

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