They’re young, hot and famous – so, we ask, what’s the appeal of a sugar daddy? Yeah, there are the Demi Moores of this world, but they’re not quite twice as old as their younger partners; it turns out that it’s rich, powerful men who are more likely to bag themselves gorgeous women. To reach an age gap of truly massive proportions you’ve got to look to the Hugh Hefners and Donald Trumps out there, as they’re the only ones with enough pulling power to nab someone who’s a celeb in their own right. So, in relationships both past and present, involving partners dead and alive – read on for the celebs who’ve gone for older men.
10. Lymari Nadal, Actress
The 32-year-old Puerto Rican actress first made a name for herself as a drug baron’s wife in the film American Gangster. However, the luscious beauty is also married to Edward James Olmos, who is 31 years older! Hello, Admiral Adama! They wed in 2002 and live in Los Angeles. Incidentally, Nadal has a Masters degree in Chemistry. Brains and beauty.
9. Brande Roderick, Actress and Playboy Bunny
This supporting actress first came to fame in 2000 when she landed a part in Baywatch – and a year later she was named Playmate of the Year. Posing scantily clad, draped across a sofa, she was noticed by the wandering eye of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. Though they are no longer dating, Brande was at the time only 26 years old, and Hugh was 74. We know it’s nothing strange to see Mr Hefner dating a young beauty, but this one has brains too and has carved a career for herself away from Playboy.
8. Lara Flynn Boyle, Actress
Jack Nicholson must be doing something right – because hottie Lara Flynn Boyle kept going back to the aging actor over the course of several years during the noughties. The pair were first thought to be dating in 2000, when Oscar-winner Nicholson was 63, and Boyle was just hitting 30. The two had an on-off relationship and were papped together lounging on a boat in 2006 too.
7 Mia Farrow, Actress
The hot, young actress was only 21 when she met and married legendary heartthrob Frank Sinatra. It was 1966, and he was 50. But despite her good looks, Mia couldn’t tame the singer, and 2 years later the pair separated. It seems Mia had a thing for older men, though, as she went on to marry conductor André Previn, and later became involved with director Woody Allen. But that’s where things get seriously messy and slightly incestuous… Read on…
6. Soon-Yi Previn, Mother and Sometime Actress
OK, so not technically a celebrity in her own right, but at least she’s famous for being married to one. Soon-Yi gets a post here because of the bizarre and slightly sordid nature of her older man relationship. As the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and conductor André Previn, Soon-Yi grew up with her mum’s new man, Woody Allen, as her stepfather. So you can imagine everyone’s surprise when, at the age of just 21 years old, she started dating him. The newspapers went mad (probably not as mad as Mia), and a few years later the pair were wed despite the 34-year age gap. Now the commotion has died down, and the unlikely couple are still happily married with their own adopted children.
5. Lauren Bacall, Actress
“Here’s looking at you, kid.” That’s the immortal Casablanca line, but who knew that Humphrey Bogart meant it literally? While only 20 years old, the naive but stunning young actress was bowled over by 45-year-old Bogey. Although he was already into his third marriage, that was soon over, and the pair were married in 1945. The 25-year age gap didn’t mean a thing, it seemed, and they started a family. The relationship was still going strong when Humphrey died in 1957.
4. Melania Knauss, Supermodel
The Slovenian beauty was gracing the covers of Vogue when she met her older man. It may have helped that he was rather wealthy. As Donald Trump’s third wife, Melanie married into a life of luxury and wore a $200,000 Christian Dior dress to walk down the aisle. Even though he was 24 years older than her at the time they met (almost twice her age), the pair set up home and now have a baby boy together. We can’t be too cynical, though, as they seem to be very much in love.
3. Dina Ruiz, News Anchor
Better known as Mrs Eastwood, the lovely Dina married Clint in 1996, when he surprised her with a wedding! She was only 31; he was already 66. The couple have a teenage daughter called Morgan, and all seems to be going swimmingly despite the age gap.
2 Catherine Zeta-Jones, Actress
At 25 years her senior, Michael Douglas fell on his feet when the gorgeous Catherine agreed to marry him. The Welsh beauty was just breaking into Hollywood after a successful TV career in the UK, and this union propelled her into the big time. Not that you can put all her success down to marrying into an acting dynasty, as the talented actress has won both Academy Awards and Golden Globes for her on-screen efforts. The pair have two lucky children.
1. Anna Nicole Smith, Model
A true pin-up beauty, Anna Nicole Smith is unfortunately better known as an industrious gold-digger. She made an old man very happy when she married J. Howard Marshall in 1994, aged 27, but it was later revealed that the oil tycoon didn’t leave her anything in his will (he died in 1995).
There was a whopping 62-year age gap between the two, but the Playboy bunny, who found fame after meeting Marshall in a strip club, said age didn’t matter to her. She died in 2007, but the blond bombshell’s legend lives on.