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What is a 'Cougar'?

Older ladies chasing younger men is no new concept, we only have to look at Elizabeth Taylor's antics as evidence to back this up.  But it's only in recent years that older ladies with cleavage a plenty, botox in place and out on the prowl for youthful men, has been assigned a full name and that's a 'cougar'.  

So what's in a cougar?  According to the requirements are; being a woman, those in the 35+ age bracket, willing to wear padded bras and reveal cleavage plus the ability to hunt men as their number one prey.   

Not to be confused with a milf (a hot looking older woman/mother), we round up the most famous cougars to date, looking good or not so good next to their fresh-faced fellas.

As previously mentioned, Elizabeth Taylor married Larry Fortensky in 1991 and at the time was 20 years younger than her - the love affair ended after five years.  At 78, she hit the jackpot once again with her ever-so-much-younger fiancé Jason Winters when she was 49 years old.  There's certainly life in the old girl yet...

Demi Moore (now 48) started dating Ashton Kutcher (32) who is more then fifteen years her junior after divorcing main-stream actor, Bruce Willis.  They tied the knot in 2005 after dating for just two years. 

Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall at 51 was more than happy to date her then 28-year-old boyfriend, Canadian chef Alan Wyse but after three years, they called it a day. 

TV host, Ellen DeGeneres married Portia de Rossi in a same sex marriage in 2008.  De Rossi is 15 years younger than DeGeneres and according to, Ellen in the Advocate said, "I could say the same thing I've said in every relationship: I'm happy. But there's happiness and there's love, and then there's completion."  Ah...

Co-founder of Frost French, Sadie Frost was seven years older than her actor/aka snake in the grass hubby Jude Law when they tied the knot in 1997.  They divorced in 2003 after allegations he had an affair with their nanny.
Perhaps one of the hottest couples of the century and with an age gap of 9 years was Cameron Diaz (34) and Timberlake (25) who started dating in 2003 but sadly are no longer together. 

It emerged last week that ex-Bond beau, Halle Berry and her model partner, Gabriel Aubry split up.  There was a nine year age gap but what was she thinking?!

Desperate Housewives star, Eva Longoria Parker married NBZ Tony Parker in Paris on 7th July 2007 and he is seven years younger than her. 

At 50, Sharon Stone really pushed the boat out when she dated 24 year old, Chase Dreyfous.  Wow, that's an age gap!

Susan Sarandon (62) and Tim Robbins (49) spent two decades together before splitting earlier this year.  However, it can't have been the thirteen years difference between them that was to blame - 'the actress also says she doesn't mind being called a cougar one bit claiming, "No, I love that!"  Source
But coming in as the number one cougar has to be Madonna with her Jesus love affair.  If her ex-husband Guy Ritchie at ten years younger wasn't enough, pop legend Madonna, then went on to date Jesus Luz, a Brazilian model whose very own mother was 14 years younger than his girlfriend!  With an age gap of 28 years, the two recently split. We wonder why...

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