Candace Bushnell, the former New York Observer columnist-turned-best selling- novelist, with the blonde highlights and piercing blue eyes made a living writing about women like herself - i. e. Manhatt...
Glastonbury, Connecticut, USA
|The Women of "Sex and the City"||2000 1999 - 2000||Actor||Interviewee||20007|
|Sex in the 90s XIII: Generation Sex||1999 1998 - 1999||Actor||Panelist||19997|
|Wickedly Perfect||2004 2003 - 2004||Actor||Judge||20047|
|Holidays With the Stars||2000 1999 - 2000||Actor||Interviewee||20007|
|Bravo's A-List Awards||2007 2006 - 2007||Actor||Attendee||20077|
|Good Morning America||2012 1974 - 2012||Actor||(from 11/00)||20127|
|The Test||2001 1999 - 2001||Actor||Guest||20017|
|The Carrie Diaries||2013 2011 - 2013||Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|Lipstick Jungle||2008 2006 - 2008||Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|Lipstick Jungle||2008 2006 - 2008||Source Material||(From novel: "Lipstick Jungle")||1|
|The Carrie Diaries||2013 2011 - 2013||Source Material||(Based Upon the Novels by)||1|
|Sex and the City||2008||Source Material||(from book: "Sex and the City")||1|
|Sex and the City||2003 1997 - 2003||Source Material||(From Book: "Sex and the City")||1|
|Sex and the City 2||2010||Source Material||(from book: "Sex and the City")||1|
|Was a judge on the short-lived CBS reality series "Wickedly Perfect"|
|Debuted the film version of HBO's hit show, "Sex and the City," which is based on her popular column and successful book|
|Her book was turned into HBO's hit series, "Sex in the City"|
|Began airing her own call-in talk show, "Candace Bushnell's Sex, Success and Sensibility" on Sirius Satellite|
|Landed first writing assignment, a never published children's book|
|Penned a third novel, a social satire about a lingerie model, Trading Up|
|Turned her popular "Sex and the City" column into Sex and the City the best selling novel|
|Wrote forth novel, Lipstick Jungle about woman working in corporate America|
|A second film based on her popular column and successful series released in theaters, "Sex and the City 2"|
|Wrote second novel, Four Blondes, uncensored look into the mating rituals of the Manhattan elite|
|Freelanced for women's magazines, Ladies Home Journal and Mademoiselle|
|Moved to New York City in the late 1970s after dropping out college|
|Raised in Connecticut|
|Second book to be turned into a series, NBC's "Lipstick Jungle"|
|Began writing the column, "Sex and the City" for The New York Observer; based on Bushnell and her friends' experiences living and dating in the big city|
|Published first young adult novel, The Carrie Diaries, a prequel to Sex and the City, focusing on Carrie's life as a 17-year-old|
|Landed a staff position at Self magazine|
Born Dec. 1, 1958 in Glastonbury, CT, Bushnell dropped out of Rice University in the late 1970s at the age of 19. Like any self-respecting novice writer, she moved to New York City, where she embarked on the life of a Manhattan socialite and aspiring novelist, but not before first trying her luck as an actress. She took acting classes for three months before realizing that she lacked the skills and the temperament to weather the abuse heaped on aspiring actors. Around this revelatory time, she landed an assignment writing a children's book, which, although it was never published, resulted in a $1,000 pay day for Bushnell. Continuing to focus on learning her craft, she landed a staff position at Self magazine. Although it was not her dream job, it was a good start nonetheless. At nights, Bushnell's avid socializing and ability to charm people benefited her career. She regularly frequented the notorious Studio 54, often writing about her exploits amongst the rich and famous for work.
Despite her best efforts, after more than a decade in New York, the 33-year-old Bushnell had failed to hit the big time. Sleeping on a foam mat, borrowing money from friends to make the rent, Bushnell became so depressed she contemplated giving up on her dream and moving back to Connecticut. Fortunately for single ladies everywhere, she decided to instead re-focus her energies and look forward with a master plan. She would have to wait two more years for her persistence to pay-off, but when it did, it paid off in spades. Finally, in 1994, the editor-in-chief of The New York Observer asked Bushnell to write her own column, based on Bushnell and her friends' experiences living and dating in the big city. Inspired by her real-life romance with ex-boyfriend and GQ magazine publisher, Ron Galotti - which she would later use as the basis of Carrie and Mr. Big's dysfunctional relationship - the dishy column was a hit. In 1997, the popular "Sex and the City" column turned into Sex and the City, the best selling novel. Bushnell had finally achieved her longstanding dream of becoming a celebrated novelist.
A year later, Darren Star, creator of the primetime soap "Melrose Place" (Fox 1992-99) optioned her book, turning it into one of HBO's biggest hits, "Sex in the City" (1998-2004). For six seasons America faithfully followed the lives of Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), Charlotte (Kirsten Davis) and Samantha (Kim Catrall) as they navigated their way through a series of bad dates. The series made such an impact, that suddenly being a single, 30-something woman was something to value, rather than be embarrassed by. In addition, the pop cultural phenomenon that was "Sex" brought a new level of fame to shoe designers Manolo Blahnick and Jimmy Choo, as women in Middle America were ordering cosmos and trying to emulate the style of the shows characters.
The success of the show also exponentially raised Bushnell's profile far beyond the Big Apple. Suddenly magazines began doing point-by-point comparisons on how similar or dissimilar the author was to her supposed alter ego, Carrie. She rode the wave of recognition with ease, following the success of her first novel with three more: Four Blondes (2001), Trading Up (2003) and Lipstick Jungle (2005). All three books retained Bushnell's signature voice of single Manhattan female, as one would expect.
In 2004, CBS came courting, offering Bushnell a starring role as a judge on the reality series "Wickedly Perfect" (2004-05). The series was short lived, but radio pioneers, Sirius soon beckoned, bringing her sassy, outspoken sensibility to the airwaves with her own call-in talk show, "Candace Bushnell's Sex, Success and Sensibility."
|Charles Askegard||Husband||Married July 4, 2002 after a whirlwind eight-week courtship; Bushnell filed for divorce in December 2011, claiming Askegard had an affair with ballerina Georgina Pazcoguin|
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