"The first time I met Brigitte Bardot," said Stephen Boyd, "she hopped out of bed and kissed me. She was completely nude !
"She told me she was very pleased to meet me. I replied : 'Likewise'.".
"Were you formally introduced ?" I asked lamely, at a loss for words before such smoothness.
"Of course", Boyd replied. "By her ex-husband, Roger Vadim. He led me into the bedroom. Under the circumstances, I think I handled myself very well."
Boyd has handled himself well since he became a professional actor at the age of 8. Now, at 35, he is big, handsome and successful.
We were lunching in a Hollywood restaurant, and while Boyd wolfed down his meal hungrily, he displayed an appetite for things other than food.
"I've never had any problem getting women," said Boyd.
"Over the years I've gone out with Joan Collins, Hope Lange and Angie Dickinson, to name a few.
He paused and then named a few more :
"I like 'em all - Doris Day, Anne Bancroft, Kim Novak, Janet Leigh and Audrey and Katharine Hepburn."
He was beginning to emerge as a kiss-and-tell type with an insatiable appetite. I told him so.
"Now see here," Boyd replied. "I'm not a cad !"
"Prove it," I challenged.
"Well, I don't date married women, no matter what the columnists say."
The line was drawn.
"I do think, however, that one could safely date a woman who is separated from her husband. That's altogether different !"
We were back in that murky area again.
"I like variety," said Boyd, eyeing a blonde who strolled past our table. "Perhaps that's why I'm not married now."
His first and only marriage, to Italian beauty Mariella di Saraza, was one of the shortest in Hollywood history. It lasted 23 days.
"I can explain what happened," shrugged Boyd.
"It's one of the most perplexing episodes in my life.
SUFFERED : Handsome Stephen Boyd has had to endure hardships to learn acting - hardships like making love on screen to Gina Lollobrigida, Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren.
"I Like 'Em All"
BRIEF BLISS : Stephen's first and only marriage, to Italian beauty Mariella di Saraza, lasted just 23 days.