Don Juan is the name of a fictional Spanish nobleman whose womanizing career ended when a stone statue carried him off to hell. He has been capturing the imagination of poets and playwrights since 1630.
In 1823, George Gordon Byron (Lord Byron) observed of the strange relationship between Don Juan and Lady Adeline Amundeville in Canto XIV of his satiric poem called Don Juan, “Tis strange – but true; for truth is always strange, – stranger than fiction,” thus coining the phrase “truth is stranger than fiction.” The beautiful Adeline – “the fair most fatal Juan ever met” – would resist Don Juan.
Back on earth, the legendary romantic enjoys happier times. It was in the 1926 film version of Don Juan that actor John Barrymore set the record for the most kisses ever in a single movie. Barrymore embraced Mary Astor (as Adriana della Varnese) and Estelle Taylor (in the role of Lucrezia Borgia) 127 times.