Famous Cougars Throughout History

Curious about the history of cougar women? Discover the most famous cougars from history, from ancient times, literature, and more recent history.

The idea of an older woman who enjoys spending time with a guy who makes her feel young is nothing new. There are stories of mature ladies seducing and dating much younger men all the way back to the bible.

This just goes to show that cougars and MILFs have been around, and attractive, since the dawn of time. When I read about Catherine the Great, I was so intrigued and spent hours researching the woman I consider to be the first true cougar.

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Famous Cougars from History

Potiphar’s Wife

Potiphar’s wife is perhaps the first cougar that we know about in history. Potiphar was a biblical figure who bought Joseph as a slave.

Potiphar’s wife, who is unnamed in the bible but is sometimes referred to as Zuleika in medieval texts, seduced Joseph, who was probably just over 18 years of age at the time.

The much older woman’s advances were rejected by the pious slave, and so she accused him of a crime, and sent him to prison.

Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great was the Empress of Russia for over 30 years in the 1700s. She started her cougar history with a man who was just 5 years younger, Grigory Orlov who then staged a coup to assassinate her husband, Czar Peter III.

Once Catherine took the throne, she then found lover Gregory Potemkin who was 10 years her junior. As she got older, the men she dated stayed the same age!

Once she was over Gregory, she chose Dmitriev-Mamonov who was 29 years younger. They were together for over 3 years.

Finally, in her senior years, Catherine the Great she dated someone who was 40 years her junior, Prince Platon Zubov.

Cougar, indeed.

Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I was the Queen of England at the end of the Renaissance from 1558 to 1603. She is well known for her unique style of high, elaborate collars and decorated frocks.

Some refer to Elizabeth I as the “virgin queen” because she never married, a fact that made many think she never had sex. However, even a queen has needs in the bedroom. There was speculation that she never took a husband officially so that she would not have to lose her throne to a man.

Her last courtship, with Francois, the Duke of Anjou, ended in 1581 when the queen was 48, and Francois was just 26!

Famous Literary Cougars from History

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Famous authors from the annals of history such as William Shakespeare and Gregory Chaucer have focused on these unique and special women in their works, which we still enjoy today.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream in college was one of the things that made me discover my love of cougars. I loved the way Queen Titania used her experience to seduce Nicholas Bottom, a guy in his 20s who was helpless to her charms.

Titania was actually enchanted into falling for Nicholas, who has the head of an ass and the body of a man. This beauty used all of her wiles to seduce the inexperienced man to show him the ways of an older, confident woman.

The Wife of Bath

“The Wife of Bath” is a mystical story from The Canterbury Tales. The main character, Alyson or Alys who is The Wife of Bath, has five husbands throughout her long life. Her last, Jankyn, was a much younger man who wanted to control everything about her and her estate. They fought and she won, thus gaining control of everything in her life again. After he became more submissive to her, they lived happily ever after!


Phaedra is an older woman from Ancient Greece who is the subject of a few literary works including plays and stories from both modern and ancient eras. This ancient cougar trope had a taboo sex life. She fell in love with her stepson, who also was her sister’s son.

Famous Cougar Relationships in Recent History

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher

These two lasted longer than anyone anticipated. Even with their fifteen-year age gap and the unscrupulous Twitter feed that was akin to fifteen-year-old teenagers, these two were a well-matched love-bound couple that made it far beyond “just a fling”.

Madonna and Jesus Luz

Madonna’s a dancer, an entertainer, a musician, an author, a mother, a die-hard businesswoman, and all the other nouns in between. There is truly no other woman or cougar like her.

Back in the day, her cougar cub relationship with Jesus Luz, a Brazillian model, caused quite a stir.

Five other famous cougar cub relationships.

  • Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon – 11 year age gap.
  • Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart – 18 year age gap.
  • Susan Sarandon and Jonathan Bricklin – 30 year age gap.
  • Linda Hogan and Charlie Hill – 29 Years age gap.
  • Sandra Bullock and Ryan Gosling – 16 Year age gap.

Now forget about celebrities and cougar women from ancient history. Do you want to be part of your own cougar relationship?

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Who’s your favorite famous cougar from history?

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