In case you haven’t noticed, September has been the month of the cougar here at BlackBook (evidence can be found here, here and here). Tonight, ABC will bring cougardom into the ultimate spotlight when Cougar Town starring Courtney Cox makes its premiere. All day long the net has been going gonzo by giving you list after list of their favorite cougars, names we’ve seen all too often like Madonna, Demi Moore, and Ivana Trump. But what about women who have the potential to be cougars, but haven’t yet found that wildcat within? Here are fave notable ladies who we wish would wake up and smell the fresh meat.
Lisa Rinna, age 46: You can’t have a cougar list without including a quintessential cougar. That’s why Mrs. Rinna makes the list, because even though she’s been married to the same man for a decade, she is everything a cougar should be. A frequent guest on the Howard Stern Show, she often describes her and her hubby’s sexual exploits, she posed for Playboy at the ripe young age of 45, and she made a memorable hot tub cameo on Entourage, as an older woman who drops Drama for his portly but younger friend Turtle. Most recently she’s said she would love to reprise her role as Taylor McBride on the new incarnation of Melrose Place. So even if she’s not a real-life cougar, she can at least play one on TV. Status: Married
Shohreh Aghdashloo, age 57: Despite wheezing her way through her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries at last Sunday’s Emmys, this native of Iran is everything we want in an older woman. Talented (she’s been nominated for an Academy Award), bold (she left her homeland and a successful acting career behind during the 1979 revolution), and loyal (despite Iran’s policies, she’s produced and narrated several documentaries on its culture). But be weary and hang on to your classified government information–Mahmoud could be a text message away. Status: Married
Connie Britton, age 39: For fans of Friday Night Lights (and if you aren’t one, then go suck a lemon), I don’t need to make my case. You’ve seen Mrs. Britton’s brilliant portrayal of Tami Taylor, the constant behind her football coach husband Eric. We await the storyline where on of the football players falls for coach’s wife and her undeniable MILF magic, because for a show that prides itself on realism, it would be impossible for that not happen. For those who’ve returned from their lemon-sucking, Mrs. Britton also played Jack Bauer’s live-in love at the onset of 24 Season 5, and if she’s good enough for Jack Bauer, she’s sure as hell good enough for you. Status: Divorced (!!!)
Catherine Keener, age 40: Your award show ticket. Bag this cougar and rage your face off at next year’s Vanity Fair Oscar party (what’s Blake Lively doing here?). Keener is not only one of the finest actresses of her wonderful age group, but we’d say of her generation (X). She’s been Oscar-nominated for supporting roles as a poisonous temptress in Being John Malkovich and the author Harper Lee in Capote, and she memorably de-virginized a man-child Steve Carrell in The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Keener is that rare and irresistible combination of brains and sex, and you can see her next a month in Where the Wild Things Are. Oh, and added bonus: Apparently Keener recently forced a couple who had made a charity bid to appear backstage at the Charlie Rose show during one of her appearances because she wanted no visitors in the green room before, during or after. Meow! Status: Divorced.
Brigitte Bardot, age 75: Call us sick if you want, but if you get a chance with who we think is the most beautiful woman to walk the planet in the last century, then you take it. She popularized the bikini. Bob Dylan dedicated the first song he ever wrote to her. John Lennon was so nervous before meeting her, that he had to drop acid. So what if she’s nearing 80 years old and has been accused of anti-gay sentiments and “inciting racial hatred” in regards to her views towards Muslims in France–you don’t say no to Brigitte Bardot. Status: Single.