Long before Demi and Ashton ever went public, older women were on the prowl for younger lovers. Here, some notable women throughout history who had the stamina to keep up with younger men. Five Reasons Being A Cougar Rocks
1. Elizabeth I (Queen of England)
The Virgin Queen? Hardly. She may have never married, thus earning her this nickname, but Her Royal Highness never lacked companionship. Various upper-class Europeans vied for her hand in marriage, but this royal seemed to be a fan of the "no strings attached" policy. Her last courtship ended in 1581, when she was 48 and her paramour, Francois, the Duke of Anjou, was 26. It's good to be the queen.
2. Elizabeth Taylor (Actress)
Ms. Taylor may be known for her roles as Cleopatra and as Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, for which she won the Best Actress Oscar in 1966, but she the role she chose for herself was that of the cougar. In 1991, Taylor married her seventh husband, construction worker Larry Fortensky, at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch. She was 59 at the time; he was 39. The union lasted five years, only a fraction of the couple's age difference. Better luck next time, Liz. Five Oddest Hollywood Marriages
3. Aphrodite (Greek goddess of love and sexuality)
Legend has it that Aphrodite was strolling through a forest when she came upon an infant sleeping beneath a tree. She and Persephone shared the responsibility of raising the baby, named Adonis. When he grew into an incredibly handsome young man, his two maternal figures fought for his affections. He chose Aphrodite because he considered her a major surrogate MILF, and the two become lovers. Talk about robbing the cradle! Many millennia later, a similar situation would arise for a neurotic, New York-based actor/director. We won't name names, but we think it sounds a lot like Hoodie Callen.
4. Catherine the Great (Empress of Russia)
Catherine used her (ahem) diplomatic skills to attract the attention of Grigory Orlov, a man five years her junior. Orlov then led a conspiracy to dethrone and kill her husband, Czar Peter III. But when Catherine took the throne, she also took a new lover: Grigory Potemkin, a man ten years her junior. Discovering she loved fresh, young meat, the empress then moved on to Alexander Dmitriev-Mamonov. Despite a 29-year age gap, the two had a relationship that lasted three years, until 1789. Cat didn't mourn for long, though. She began a seven-year affair with Prince Platon Zubov less than a year after the split. She had 40 years on her new conquest. Catherine the Great, indeed.
5. Titania (Queen of the fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream)
What's a Fairy Queen to do when fighting with a jealous husband? Go slumming with the mortals, of course! While it's true that Titania was tricked into sleeping with a low-life (as we all have been, at one point or another), Nicholas Bottom was neither the first nor the last of her earthly lovers. She used her many, many years of experience to teach young men a thing or two during her intrigues with the humans. Long may she reign. Inside The National Cougar Convention