Quentin Tarantino's Mom Dated Wilt Chamberlain, Via 'Django Unchained' Director

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterJanuary 4, 2013

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Wilt Chamberlain once dated Quentin Tarantino's mom. Oh, and she was quite the looker while we are at it.

Chamberlain's dalliances were already the stuff of legend. Now the director and writer behind the hit Django Unchained is here to build upon that legacy. 

Thanks to Off the Bench, which spotted an interview the famed director had with NPR, we now know far more than we ever wanted about Tarantino's mom. 

At first, the 49-year-old director who was raised in the Los Angeles area goes on about his upbringing. 

There were people of all ages, colors, creeds and cultures stopping by all the time.

What follows in as excerpt from NPR’s Fresh Air with host Terry Gross, audio of which you can hear here

TARANTINO: “Yeah, it was almost like a sitcom, the way we lived in the '70s. Because she was in her 20s, she was hot, all right, she was a hot white girl and her best friend named Jackie was a hot black girl and her other best friend, Lillian, was a hot Mexican girl. And they lived in this swinging singles apartment with me.

“It was the ’70s, and I was living with these three hip single ladies, all always going out on dates all the time, dating football players and basketball players…”

GROSS: “Professional ones?”

TARANTINO: “Oh yeah, my mom, she dated Wilt Chamberlain.”

GROSS: “Nooo…” (both laugh).

TARANTINO: “[My mother's] boyfriends would come over, and they’d…take me to blaxploitation movies, trying to, you know, get me to like them and buy me footballs and stuff, and…my mom and her friends would take me to cool bars and stuff, where they’d be playing cool, live rhythm-and-blues music…and I’d be drinking Shirley Temples—I think I called them James Bond because I didn’t like the name Shirley Temples—and eat Mexican food…while Jimmy Soul and a cool band would be, you know, playing in some lava lounge-y kind of ’70s cocktail lounge. It was really cool. It made me grow up in a real big way. When I would hang around with kids I’d think they were really childish. I used to hang around with really groovy adults.”

First off, it's entirely impossible for me to read any Tarantino quote without hearing his syncopated way of speaking. 

Secondly, we are not surprised by any of this. 

The Lakers former big man once claimed to have been with 20,000 women in his biography, A View From Above

Chamberlain, who passed away in 1999, was quoted as saying by ESPN, "Yes, that's correct, twenty thousand different ladies. At my age, that equals out to having sex with 1.2 women a day, every day since I was fifteen years old."

Whether accurate, or hyperbole, it's clear Chamberlain got around. 

So chalk this up to another fanciful tale of Chamberlain moving up the ladder of romantic legend. 


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