They had two children, but before long she realized her traditional marriage was killing her soul.
To Stanton's dismay, her husband seemed threatened by her intelligence and high spirits, as well as her singing career.
Stanton recalls a relationship with one young man she still calls the love of her life.
"I learned to cook with him, because he ate everything, even my mistakes, with great gusto and appreciation," she says. Sometimes we'd sit in front of the fireplace singing country-western songs at the top of our voices.
It wasn't that we weren't attracted to each other, but we weren't thinking about that.
Besides, she was divorced with a young daughter to raise, and a new relationship, let alone a traditional marriage, was not on her radar screen. "Nobody else is quite as engaging to me as Chris," Woolston says today."He would denigrate me by saying I might have had brain smarts but didn't have a lick of common sense," says Stanton."He said I was so subject to flattery, anyone could buy me with a candy bar. And whenever I had a performance, he refused to support me by even being there." Then came feminism."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.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.Nonetheless, more than one in 10 of these relationships leads to marriage: The most recent Census Bureau figures show that about 12 percent of all marriages are between older women and younger men.Women dating younger men said they appreciated the strength, humor, openness, youth, and passion of their partners. Stanton believes that although some of the attraction may be predicated on the mystique of the older woman, her appeal to younger men was based not just on chemistry but on "the luxury of having a finished person.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.