NBC Honcho Pays $50,000 to Learn Who's 'So Vain'

By | August 6, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Carly Simon finally will reveal who the mysterious subject of her 1972 mega-hit “You’re so Vain” is to raise money for a Martha’s Vineyard charity, but to only one person for a winning bid of $50,000,

Actor Warren Beatty has long led the speculation over who was the subject of the song that hit No. 1 in December 1972, though Stones lead singer Mick Jagger and her husband at the time, James Taylor, have been mentioned as contenders.

On the NBC “Today Show” on Tuesday, NBC Sports President Dick Ebersol said he had won the bidding at Monday’s Possible Dreams Auction to benefit the Community Services of Martha’s Vineyard, where Simon makes her home.

Ebersol said he would ante up $50,000 to learn Simon’s secret but the songstress is requiring him to sign a confidentiality agreement.

Simon, 58, once dated movie star Beatty, and Jagger sang back-up on the song.

Ebersol said Simon told him he could offer a clue as to the identity of the mystery man. “The letter ‘E’ is in the person’s name.”