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26th Jun '17 4:26:08 AM XFllo
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* ''Series/{{Community}}'': Jeff/Annie are technically an example, but it gets downplayed, as all their ShipTease is when Annie is acting more mature, and Jeff is notably turned off whenever she acts like a child. It helps that [[DawsonCasting Annie's actress is eight years older than the character]], so the age difference isn't actually that big. Evil!Jeff and Evil!Annie from the Darkest Timeline play this up, with Evil!Jeff saying he wishes the age difference was larger, and Evil!Annie saying she likes it when he talks down to her like a child.
25th Jun '17 6:06:29 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/MiddleOfTheNight'' was unusual for its era (1959) in being a straight dramatic take on this trope, rather than wrapping it up in romantic comedy. Jerry, a 56-year-old man dating gorgeous 24-year-old Betty, [[InsecureLoveInterest stresses out about Betty being around younger men]] and worries about children, wondering if it's fair for him to father children at his age. Betty's family and friends are all against the relationship, pointing out that in ten years he'll be a straight-up old man while she's still in her thirties.
13th Jun '17 9:12:34 AM Discar
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-->--'''Hubert Farnsworth,''' ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''

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* ''Series/{{Community}}'': Jeff/Annie are technically an example, but it gets downplayed, as all their ShipTease is when Annie is acting more mature, and Jeff is notably turned off whenever she acts like a child. It helps that [[DawsonCasting Annie's actress is eight years older than the character]], so the age difference isn't actually that big. Evil!Jeff and Evil!Annie from the Darkest Timeline play this up, with Evil!Jeff saying he wishes the age difference was larger, and Evil!Annie saying she likes it when he talks down to her like a child.
29th May '17 10:33:03 AM DrOO7
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* In the Colleen [=McCullough=] novel ''Tim'', the mentally disabled title character falls in love with the woman who has employed him as a gardener, despite the fact that she's at least twenty years his senior.
27th May '17 8:16:03 AM Malady
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* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Her Father's Daughter'', inverted. Donald's mother informs him that there is no chance that he can marry Linda because he's only a year her elder, and he's going to college.

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* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Her Father's Daughter'', inverted.''Literature/HerFathersDaughter'': {{Inverted}}. Donald's mother informs him that there is no chance that he can marry Linda because he's only a year her elder, and he's going to college.
16th May '17 9:38:48 AM Nohbody
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* Edward Hess (born 1813) married Catherine Rankin (born 1850) in the 1870s. They had three children together, including Milton, the great-grandfather of LOHess.
* James Woods (born 1947) dated Ashley Madison (27 when they met) for seven years. Before that, he was with Danielle Panabaker (born 1987), who played his daughter on the television series ''Series/{{Shark}}''. He is currently dating Kristen Baugness (20 when they met).
* Creator/CharlesDance (born 1948) once dated Sophia Myles (born 1980), and was engaged to Eleanor Boorman (born 1973).
* Aisha, one of several wives of the prophet Muhammad, was 45 years younger than him. However, that one was an ArrangedMarriage with strong political overtones: Aisha was one of the younger daughters of his best friend/{{sidekick}}[=/=]NumberTwo[=/=]eventual successor Abu Bakr al-Siddiq.
* Tenth U.S. President UsefulNotes/JohnTyler was 54 when he married his second wife, 21-year-old Julia Gardiner (who agreed to marry him after she fainted into his arms after seeing her father die when [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Princeton_Disaster_of_1844 a naval gun blew up]]) . She was younger than three of his eight children by his first wife, and they had seven more together.
* Lyon Tyler (John Tyler's son) married his second wife when he was seventy (with a thirty-five year age difference). The end result is that there are still grandchildren of John Tyler's alive today (two as of 2017, both in their nineties).
* Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Scout Movement, married 23 year old Olave St. Claire when he was 55 (though, incidentally, they shared their birthday: 22 February).
* William Randolph Hearst was 56 when he began to live openly with his mistress, Marion Davies. Davies was 22 at the time. This affair lasted till the end of Hearst's life.
* Raissa Myshetskaya went to the Paris Conservatory to study music and [[TeacherStudentRomance married her teacher]], Ernest Boulanger, 42 years her senior. They had two daughters, Nadia and Lili Boulanger. Their father was seventy-one when Nadia was born and seventy-six when Lili was born.
* Conservative politican Baron Boothby's second wife was thirty-three years younger than him (67 and 34, respectively).
* When he was 87, Arthur Miller began living with a woman who was 55 years his junior: minimalist painter Agnes Barley. Two years later, Miller announced that he was in love with her and that they intended to marry. Barley was with Miller when he died not long after this, aged 89.
* Hugh Hefner. Specifically his wife (who initially bailed five days before the wedding but is later reconciled with him), Crystal Harris, is a full sixty years younger.
* Creator/ClintEastwood is a good 35 years older than his wife.
* Creator/WoodyAllen has a wife 37 years younger than him.
* Actor Creator/JeffGoldblum (born 1952) is dating actress Tania Raymonde (''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', ''Series/{{Lost}}'') (born 1988).
* Former [[UsefulNotes/{{Italy}} Italian]] Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (born 1936) has been paired with numerous younger women, most notably model Noemi Letizia (18 at the time stories came out about the pair in 2009). Naturally, this has caused something of a stir. In 2012, [[http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/12/17/berlusconi-engaged-francesca-pascale-27_n_2313912.html he announced his engagement to a woman]] who is 49 years younger than him (she was 27 at the time of their engagement).
* The late Anna Nicole Smith (age 26 at the time) married oil magnate J. Howard Marshall when he was 89. Marshall died a year later, leading to a prolonged court battle between his family and Smith over her inheritance.
* Music/BillyJoel married 23-year-old Katie Lee. At the time of the wedding, Joel was 55. Joel's daughter, Alexa Ray, then 18, served as maid-of-honor.
* ''Series/NipTuck'' star Julian [=McMahon=] is the product of one of these relationships. His father, Australia's 20th prime minister [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_McMahon William [=McMahon=]]], met an occupational therapist named Sonia Hopkins before he became prime minister. When the two got married, William was 57 and Sonia was 32.
* Through the power of this trope, a few widows of UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar veterans lived into the 21st century. In all known cases of this, the brides were in their late teens or early 20's, and the marriages happened in the 1920's and 30's when the grooms were quite elderly. The last living Confederate widow, Maudie Hopkins, died in 2008. The last known Union widow, Getrude Janeway, died in 2003. She continued to cash her husband's bi-monthly pension check of $70 until her death, meaning those now-modest payments spanned ''three centuries''.
* Yassir Arafat was 34 years older than his wife Suha (they married when she was 27 and he was 61). From all appearances, they were happily married until his death in 2004.
* Strom Thurmond's second wife was 44 years younger than him. They married in 1968 when he was 66 and she was 22, had four children, and despite separating in 1991, remained married until his death in 2003.
* Edwin Edwards (born 1927), a US Congressman from Louisiana who went on to three separate stints as the state's governor, has twice fit this trope. His second wife was 37 years younger than him, and his third and current wife (with whom he has a son) is 51 years younger.
* Bobby Liebling, singer of cult-metal band Pentagram, is 33 years older than his wife Hallie, and they currently have one son together.
* [[FourStarBadass General Douglas MacArthur]] had a relationship from 1930 to 1934 with Isabel Rosario Cooper, whom he met when he was 50 and she was 16.
* US Congressman Dennis Kucinich met his third and present wife when he was 59 and she was 28.
* The third wife of the late James Doohan (of ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' fame) was 36 years his junior. They were married when 54 and 18, respectively.
* [[Theatre/TheOddCouple Tony Randall]] was 50 years older than his second wife.
* Rodrigo Borgia, when he became Pope Alexander VI was 61 years old, and was having a relationship with 18-year-old Giulia Farnese.
* Writer Patrick Sheane Duncan (of Mr Holland's Opus fame), age 66, is dating 34 year old web icon Felicia Day.
* Hungarian poet and author György Faludy married a 26-year-old woman when he was almost 92. They remained together until his death four years later.
* In 2013, Filipino singer-songwriter Freddie Aguilar, who is 60, married his 16-year-old girlfriend. [[LoopholeAbuse/RealLifeLaw They both converted to Islam in the process.]]
* Australian medical entrepreneur and former owner of the Sydney Swans [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoffrey_Edelsten Geoffrey Edelsten]]. His most famous ex-wife, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brynne_Edelsten Brynne Gordon]] was 40 years younger than himself. They split shortly after Geoffrey filed for bankruptcy and Brynne turned 30. He's currently dating 24-year old Gabi Grecko and by all appearances, they can't get married fast enough.
* The pioneering but controversial German film director, Leni Riefenstahl started a relationship with Horst Kettner when she was 60 and he was 20. They remained together until Riefenstahl's death at age 101.
* Creator/CharlieChaplin was 36 years older than his final wife, Oona O'Neill, yet it became his longest and happiest marriage, producing eight children.
* Italian billionaire Flavio Briatore is 67 and 30 years his wife's (model Elisabetta Gregorio) senior. Despite the age difference and [[UglyGuyHotWife vast disparity in looks]], they are by all appearances happy together.
* French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte: He's 39, and she's 63.
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15th May '17 1:47:24 PM GKG
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* French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte: He's 39, and she's 63.
10th May '17 5:11:17 PM Madrugada
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* "Young Girl" by Gary Puckett and The Union Gap. The narrator is horrified/angry/bemused when he finds out that his lover is underage, but it is possible that he doesn't end the relationship. Instead, he begs the girl to walk away. It's a reasonable guess that she doesn't.
* ''"40 y 20"'' ("40 and 20") by Mexican singer Jose Jose, also from the POV of the man (the "40" half). Actually, whenever one of these hook-ups is mentioned in Latin-American TV, [[LampshadeHanging said song will usually be heard as background music.]]
* "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart. [[NonindicativeName Despite her name,]] [[MrsRobinson she's the "December" half.]] And the narrator is well aware that she's nothing more than a jerk to him, but he's too in love to leave her.
** The song is based on RealLife events. Rod Stewart was seduced by an older woman when he was in his teens, and he describes it as a traumatic event.

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* "Young Girl" by Gary Puckett and The Union Gap. The narrator is horrified/angry/bemused when he finds out that his lover is underage, but it is possible that he doesn't end the relationship. Instead, he begs the girl to walk away. It's a reasonable guess that she doesn't.
* ''"40 y 20"'' ("40 and 20") by Mexican singer Jose Jose, also from the POV of the man (the "40" half). Actually, whenever one of these hook-ups is mentioned in Latin-American TV, [[LampshadeHanging said song will usually be heard as background music.]]
* "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart. [[NonindicativeName Despite her name,]] [[MrsRobinson she's [[[MrsRobinson She's the "December" half.]] And the narrator is well aware that she's nothing more than a jerk to him, but he's too in love to leave her.
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her. The song is based on RealLife events. Rod Stewart was seduced by an older woman when he was in his teens, and he describes it as a traumatic event.
10th May '17 5:05:05 PM Madrugada
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* Deconstructed with Altisidora and Literature/DonQuixote in the second part: [[BrattyTeenageDaughter Altisidora, a 14 year old maiden at the Duke’s palace]], pretends to be in love with Don Quixote, a 50 year old man. He stoically supports her [[ClingyJealousGirl teasing and mean pranks]] because he believes [[SmittenTeenageGirl she’s in love with him]] [[ChickMagnet because he is a knight]], but he never attempts anything because he wants to be loyal to his (imaginary) lover Dulcinea and is very happy when he abandons her and the palace. Being an honest man, he confesses to Sancho that Altisidora’s feelings caused him ''more confusion than pity'', showing us how awkward and foolish would be this kind of relationship in RealLife.

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* Deconstructed with Altisidora and Literature/DonQuixote in the second part: [[BrattyTeenageDaughter Altisidora, a 14 year old maiden at the Duke’s palace]], pretends to be in love with Don Quixote, a 50 year old man. He stoically supports her [[ClingyJealousGirl teasing and mean pranks]] because he believes [[SmittenTeenageGirl she’s in love with him]] [[ChickMagnet because he is a knight]], but he never attempts anything because he wants to be loyal to his (imaginary) lover Dulcinea and is very happy when he abandons her and the palace. Being an honest man, he confesses to Sancho that Altisidora’s feelings caused him ''more confusion than pity'', showing us how awkward and foolish would be this kind of relationship in RealLife.pity''.
10th May '17 4:58:46 PM Madrugada
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* UsefulNotes/GroverCleveland, whose wife Frances Folsom was twenty-nine years younger than he. When a reporter asked him why he wasn't married yet, he replied: [[WifeHusbandry "I'm just waiting for my wife to grow up."]]
* [[VictorianBritain Victorian]] Edward Burne-Jones, pre-Raphaelite painter and British designer of stained glass. When he was 58, Burne-Jones met and fell in love with a 35-year-old married woman. In his letters he apologised to her for being so much older and said he would understand if she looked for a younger suitor.



* Advice columns, including (but not limited to) "Annie's Mailbox," "Dear Abby" and others frequently publish letters from readers seeking advice about May-December romances. Frequently (but not always), the letter will be from a family member of the younger half of the couple who is concerned about the age difference; the situations vary widely. The take of the "Annie's Mailbox" editors has usually been that, so long as both sides are at least 18 and consent and are not married, there is little that can be done except to offer love and best wishes.



* Keith Carradine (b. 1949) and Hayley [=DuMond=] (b. 1974) fell in love on the set of The Hunter's Moon, in which their characters also had a May/December romance.
* ''Series/NipTuck'' star Julian [=McMahon=] is the product of one of these relationships. His father, Australia's 20th prime minister [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_McMahon William [=McMahon=]]], met an occupational therapist named Sonia Hopkins before he became prime minister. When the two got married, William was 57 and Sonia was 32. (Sonia [=McMahon=] would later create a scandal by wearing a revealing dress during a visit to the Nixon White House, FYI.)

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* Keith Carradine (b. 1949) and Hayley [=DuMond=] (b. 1974) fell in love on the set of The Hunter's Moon, in which their characters also had a May/December romance.
* ''Series/NipTuck'' star Julian [=McMahon=] is the product of one of these relationships. His father, Australia's 20th prime minister [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_McMahon William [=McMahon=]]], met an occupational therapist named Sonia Hopkins before he became prime minister. When the two got married, William was 57 and Sonia was 32. (Sonia [=McMahon=] would later create a scandal by wearing a revealing dress during a visit to the Nixon White House, FYI.)



* Most considered the marriage of [[CanadianPolitics Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau]] to Margaret Sinclair to be one of these. At the time of their wedding in 1971, he was 51 and she was 22--their age gap was a little over 29 years. Unfortunately, she had believed his public image that he was "young at heart" and although he was [[BunnyEarsLawyer certainly eccentric and loved jokes]], he was also a workaholic with little time to actually go and have fun (not to mention that he was Prime Minister of Canada, which is apparently an ''extremely'' time-consuming job even if you aren't a workaholic--apparently, Canada is unusually hard to govern despite appearances), and she was bipolar, and so they divorced nine years later. They did have three sons, however, of whom their eldest, Justin, became Prime Minister himself--the first child of a former PM to take the post in Canada's history--in 2015, at the actually-quite-young age of 43 (at which point he had already been happily married for ''ten'' years to a women only four years younger than him, and with three children of their own, so no repeats of his parents' tumultuous relationship this one).
* Australian medical entrepreneur and former owner of the Sydney Swans [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoffrey_Edelsten Geoffrey Edelsten]] has a history of marrying models young enough to be his daughters. When he was about 40 he was with a 19-year-old. His most famous ex-wife, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brynne_Edelsten Brynne Gordon]] was 40 years younger than himself. [[SnarkBait They split shortly after Geoffrey filed for bankruptcy and Brynne turned 30]]. He's currently dating 24-year old Gabi Grecko and by all appearances, they can't get married fast enough.

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* Most considered the marriage of [[CanadianPolitics Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau]] to Margaret Sinclair to be one of these. At the time of their wedding in 1971, he was 51 and she was 22--their age gap was a little over 29 years. Unfortunately, she had believed his public image that he was "young at heart" and although he was [[BunnyEarsLawyer certainly eccentric and loved jokes]], he was also a workaholic with little time to actually go and have fun (not to mention that he was Prime Minister of Canada, which is apparently an ''extremely'' time-consuming job even if you aren't a workaholic--apparently, Canada is unusually hard to govern despite appearances), and she was bipolar, and so they divorced nine years later. They did have three sons, however, of whom their eldest, Justin, became Prime Minister himself--the first child of a former PM to take the post in Canada's history--in 2015, at the actually-quite-young age of 43 (at which point he had already been happily married for ''ten'' years to a women only four years younger than him, and with three children of their own, so no repeats of his parents' tumultuous relationship this one).
* Australian medical entrepreneur and former owner of the Sydney Swans [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoffrey_Edelsten Geoffrey Edelsten]] has a history of marrying models young enough to be his daughters. When he was about 40 he was with a 19-year-old.Edelsten]]. His most famous ex-wife, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brynne_Edelsten Brynne Gordon]] was 40 years younger than himself. [[SnarkBait They split shortly after Geoffrey filed for bankruptcy and Brynne turned 30]].30. He's currently dating 24-year old Gabi Grecko and by all appearances, they can't get married fast enough.



* Creator/HumphreyBogart met Creator/LaurenBacall on the set of ''Film/ToHaveAndHaveNot'' and started up an amicable working relationship that turned into romance. Bogart was in the throes of ending a terrible marriage and was 25 years older than Bacall, but it was true love for him. They wed after co-starring in their follow-up film ''Film/TheBigSleep'', and their marriage was by all accounts loving and happy. It remains well-known as one of Hollywood's happier celebrity marriages.
* The Empress Matilda, daughter of Henry I of England and widow of Henry V the Holy Roman Emperor, was married to Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou. She was twenty-six, he was fifteen. They were not happy though they managed to produce three sons and found the House of Plantagenet.
** Matilda's son Henry II was eighteen when he married Eleanor of Aquitaine who was thirty. This marriage actually was quite happy for many years but eventually turned sour resulting in a combined succession crisis and civil war.
* The 46-year-old Roman general and Triumvir Pompey married Julius Caesar's daughter Julia, who was 30 years younger than him. Despite the marriage being made for political purposes, the couple were by all accounts genuinely in love, and Pompey was heartbroken when Julia died in childbirth.
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