Pride and prejudice: celebrity versus fictional cougars

  title={Pride and prejudice: celebrity versus fictional cougars},
  author={Betty Kaklamanidou},
  journal={Celebrity Studies},
  pages={78 - 89}
This article explores the various forms that the ‘cougar’ – the mature and sophisticated woman who dates younger men – takes in television and film in the new millennium, contrasting fictional representations with ‘real’ celebrity cougars currently in the media spotlight. First, it examines the film cougar in a new cycle of the romantic comedy that emerged in the 2000s (Rebound (2009), I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007), Prime (2005), Something's Gotta Give (2003)); films which concentrate on… 

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