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When CBS anchor Katie Couric, 53, began quietly dating 35-year-old entrepreneur Brooks Perlin in 2007, many dismissed it as a casual fling -- mostly because Perlin was 17 years her junior. But Couric is still head-over-heels for her athletic beau: according to the New York Post, the two were seen canoodling just days ago at a birthday party for her network's executives.
Perlin was Couric's date in December when the two attended a White House state dinner. (Here's a picture of the cute couple looking happy together -- and rather glam -- for President Obama.)
As celebrity relationships go, Couric is one of several prominent women who are enjoying midlife by taking up with much younger men. Madonna, 51, has been dating Brazilian underwear model Jesus Luz, 23, off and on for the past year (despite frequent break-up rumors). And ever since last year's split with her partner Tim Robbins, 63-year-old Susan Sarandon has frequently been spotted socializing around New York City with her 31-year-old business partner Jonathan Bricklin.
While famous women dating younger men is nothing new -- Judy Garland's last husband was 12 years her junior, and the late actress Diana Hyland dated 19-years-younger John Travolta back in the '70s -- the idea is now more accepted than mocked, and of course, our vocabulary has expanded to encompass the phenomenon. (Hey "cougar," hey "MILF," how's your "boy toy?") As for contemporaray success stories, one of the most famous is Demi Moore, who started dating 15-years-younger Ashton Kutcher in 2003 -- and is happily married to him nearly seven years later.
That's not to say that older woman + younger man = automatic relationship success. Take Donald Trump's ex Ivana Trump, 60, who divorced her husband of two years, 36-year-old Rossano Rubicondi, in December. But hey, Hollywood's leading men have been shacking up with much younger women for decades now, and it's awfully fun to observe how the tables have turned!
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