After 44 years, the worst kept secret in showbiz is out: Warren Beatty is the one who thinks that song is about him.
Singer Carly Simon that the actor inspired at least part of her hit song, “You’re So Vain.”
Simon, who is of Jewish descent on her father’s side, spilled the beans about lyrics were about Beatty in in her new memoir, “Boys in Trees”:
“You had me several years ago when I was still quite naive
Well you said that we made such a pretty pair
And that you would never leave
But you gave away the things you loved and one of them was me
I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee
Clouds in my coffee, and…”
But lest Warren get any more self-centered, Simon was quick to point out that the song also refers to two other mystery men. “I have confirmed that the second verse is Warren,” she told People Magazine. “Warren thinks the whole thing is about him!”
He’s so vain.
Carly Simon Finally Reveals Who's 'So Vain'
Anne Cohen was the Forward’s deputy digital media editor. When she’s not looking for the secret Jewish history of Voodoo in New Orleans, or making lists about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she writes for The Assimilator. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with an M.S. magazine concentration in 2012.