n July 9, 1999, a movie burst onto movie theaters the likes of which the American public had never before seen. It was raunchy, obscene, hilarious – it featured a teenaged boy doing unspeakably sexual things to that most American of desserts, the apple pie. It was called, quite appropriately American Pie, and it was a monster hit among the teenaged set.
The stars of American Pie became breakout stars.
Who can forget Eugene Levy as the painfully awkward father? Or Jason Biggs as Jim, the nerdy everyman protagonist desperate to lose his virginity? Or Shannon Elizabeth as Nadia, the very hot Slovakian exchange student. What about Sean William Scott as Steven Stifler, the profane, but strangely likable jock?
But there was one character that would quickly grow to overshadow her relatively small part in American Pie.
She was blonde, buxom, and sexually voracious. She preyed on eager teenage boys and they loved her for it.
Her name was Stifler's Mom, and she would quickly become the face of a new entry in American vocabulary – the "MILF."
According to the Urban Dictionary, the word milf stands for “Mother I’d Like to F**k.” It’s even made it to the regular dictionary as a “vulgar slang” that describes “a sexually attractive older woman, typically one who has children.”
It was a word made famous by Jennifer Coolidge, the actress who played Stifler's mother in the movie.
Other MILFs have come and gone, most famously Mrs. Robinson of The Graduate, but one MILF stands above them all, Jennifer Coolidge.
Coolidge has had several roles before and after.
She played Paulette in the movie Legally Blonde, and Sophie in the sitcom 2 Broke Girls.
She has a robust Twitter presence and a sly, offbeat sense of humor. Still, none of her roles have had as much resonance as Stifler’s Mom.