In later years she covered major political events and the lives of celebrities, interviewing more than 1,500 in 30 years, including favorites Gene Kelly, Cher, and writer and producer Paddy Chayefsky.Covering the rock scene also put her in touch with young male musicians, and she wound up going out with several guitar players and a drummer.Although older men dating younger women has long been socially acceptable (or at least commonplace in many cities), older women are now dating younger men in record numbers.It may be a trend on the upswing: Thanks to higher divorce rates and higher percentages of people who have never married, today 40 percent of the 97 million Americans 45 or older are single.In a step that was unusual at the time, Stanton sought a divorce, then went to graduate school in journalism.She began as a general assignment arts writer and a rock and film critic, and soon became a daily television columnist.They taught me a lot about being comfortable with who I was." Now a jewelry designer in Las Vegas, the 63-year-old Stanton recalls, "I swore I'd never stick with a man who hadn't grown up with the feminist revolution.
"And they seemed to love a smart woman who understood sports and classical music." A trend on the upswing Stanton was apparently on the leading edge of what experts say is a new trend: older women dating younger men.
It wasn't that we weren't attracted to each other, but we weren't thinking about that.
We just enjoyed each other's company a great deal." They developed a strong relationship as colleagues, she says.
"Most of them weren't intimidated by my career or independence," says Stanton.
"They kept me informed and hip, so that my writing stayed fresh and current.