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The Writer Of ‘Sex And The City’ Reveals How The Show Really Started

And which character she almost certainly based off herself...

Sex and the City is a show that so many women have had a deep connection with over the years, but have you ever wondered where it all began?

Candace Bushnell, the writer of the novels that the TV series was based off, has opened up in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter about where the story started.

Bushnell was a columnist, just like Carrie Bradshaw, at the New York Observer, and she recounted how all that happened.

“The way Sex and the City happened was that Peter Kaplan, who’d actually just started as editor-in-chief, came up to me and said, ‘I want to give you your own column,” Bushnell said. “I said ‘Great!’ I knew it was my big break.”

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When it came to deciding what the column would be about, she knew she had to pick something close to heart.

“I think it should be about me and my friends, who are all single and crazy,” she told the editor.

He even thought of the name that is now famous.

“[Kaplan said] ‘I got the title. We’ll call it ‘Sex and the City.’ One foot in sex and one foot in society.'”

Four months later into writing the column, she started getting contacted by Hollywood, and this surprised her.

“People in New York who worked in film and media were faxing it to their friends who worked in film in Los Angeles,” she added. “I flew out to L.A. and had meetings. I was like, ‘What the hell?'”

But it wasn’t all easy, she said that she had to deal with a lot of office sexism.

“You’ve got to remember, it was the ’90s—more than 20 years ago—and there were men who were executives, who threw phones,” she told THR. “It was a very different time.”

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