In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Sex and the City was a major success for HBO.
For many factors, the series appealed to single women dating in major metropolitan areas, but viewers have suggested that the supporting characters helped make the series what it was.
There were serious, charismatic and extremely diverse men dating Carrie Bradshaw, Samantha Jones, Miranda Hobbes and Charlotte York.
For that, there was a legitimate reason.
Any character who appeared on the show was based on an authentic experience or a real person.
Except for one main character, that is.
Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte were compositions of the true friends of Candace Bushnell,
Carrie was based entirely on the original author of the column on which Sex and the City was based, Candace Bushnell. Sarah Jessica Parker almost turned down the series because she had reservations about the steamy material, but her looks, close to Bushnell’s, made her a shoo-in. Although Carrie was based on Bushnell, there were no individuals based on the other three leading ladies.
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Bushnell admitted in a 2013 interview with Elle that Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte were not based on any single entity, but were compositions of the ladies with whom she spent the most time.
Bushnell acknowledged that her best friends in real life were not attorneys, publicists, or “gallerists.” Instead, with one best friend who worked at an Internet startup and some others who worked at some level in journalism, Bushnell moved into media circles.
Aidan Shaw was wholly imaginary.
Strong love from Carrie, Mr.
Big, a publisher who worked for Conde Nast in the 1990s before deciding to pack his bags and leave the city, was based on Ron Galotti. In New England, Galotti now lives a peaceful life, or at least as quiet as possible if you’re modeled after a TV character you’re in love with.
However, Carrie’s other great love was based on no one.
The hapless furniture designer who dated Carrie in season 3 was Aidan Shaw, when she was still nursing Mr. Big’s broken heart.
Big’s marriage to a much younger woman was very sudden. When she confessed to cheating on him, he left her, but he got back together in season 4 with her.
Eventually, when Carrie declined to set a wedding date, the two split for good.
The drama between Carrie and Aidan felt genuine, but it was totally made up by the writers. No designer of furniture has allowed Bushnell to slip through their fingers.
Carrie’s last love partner was a tribute to Bushnell’s own marriage.
Although Aidan was not based on any single person, Carrie’s last great love, Aleksandr Petrovsky, a Russian artist, was a role model of sorts.
Bushnell stated in her Elle interview that the casting of world-famous dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov as Aleksandr was a sort of tribute to her marriage.
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After the end of her connection with her own Mr.
Large, Bushnell, and Charles Askegard settled down.
Like Baryshnikov, Askegard is a dancer. Life does seem to imitate art, really.
In Paris, Carrie did not find love, and in Askegard, Bushnell did not find a partner for life.
The two split after ten years together in 2012.