A favored and especially gifted boy or man; fair-haired boy: Casey regarded Inman as a brittle golden boy, worried about his image
[1937+; popularized by the title of Clifford Odets's 1937 play about a boxer]
The former Virginia governor was once the golden boy of the GOP.
The play nominees include Cyrano de Bergerac, The Nance, The Heiress, and golden boy.
"The golden boy," they called him; a comet lighting up the sky.