Dating george hamilton

There is a picture hanging in George Hamilton's apartment on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. The subject of the picture has been painted against a brooding black sky, with his back to a churning sea below.

He's wearing a long trench coat with the collar turned up and has one foot forward as if he's about to step out of the frame.

From his mother, Hamilton learned one lesson above all: Never Rely On Anybody For Anything.

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It's been a life of elegant insouciance on the one hand, and shinning down drainpipes at 3am pursued by enraged husbands, on the other. During the early Sixties, Hamilton even managed to wind up in the middle of the Profumo affair – after enjoying a fling with Mandy Rice-Davies.

But, there turns out to be another side to George Hamilton.

Even at 10 o'clock in the morning, fresh off a flight from Florida, everything about him is as assured as it is immaculate – from his canary yellow socks, to the paisley handkerchief spilling symmetrically from the breast pocket of his jacket.

His famously burnished skin does not disappoint either; it's the colour and texture of French-polished veal.

For most of his early years, he zipped around all over the US with his mother – a bit-part actress called Teeny, who was a kind of cross between Scarlett O'Hara and Blanche Dubois.

When he was eight, Hamilton beat the great jazz musician Hoagy Carmichael in a poker game.

'Please don't get the impression that I just went out with famous women,' he says.

He wafts his hand and a little cloud of cologne escapes from his cuff and drifts across the room. There were lots of other, less famous girlfriends, all of whom he seems to have parted from on remarkably amicable terms.

'It really didn't seem that strange to me,' he says. I'd lost my virginity quite early on, and this freed me up. 'I decided then that suntanning was going to be to me what the funny blue suit was to Superman.' It also meant that Hamilton could effectively reinvent himself.

'I think I'd developed enough sexual energy by then to find the whole thing… When I look back on it, I don't think my life was changed as a result. I wasn't so preoccupied with sex anymore.' Around this time, Hamilton also discovered the joys of tanning. In Palm Beach in Florida, he found that the browner his skin was, the more female attention he attracted. 'I was able to pass myself off as this Palm Beach millionaire playboy with the aid of a good tan and the bespoke English clothes I picked up in thrift shops.' Ever since, whatever the weather, Hamilton has faced the world from behind a richly bronzed exterior – in the late Eighties, he even launched his own range of tanning products.

A much more solitary, ascetic side that few are allowed to see.

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