Writer of Sex and the City
New York City based author and columnist Candace Bushnell is best known for penning a popular column for New York Observer that was compiled in a book called “Sex and the City” (1997), which successively became the basis for the HBO hit television series of the same name (1998-2004). The series itself spawned a 2008 film of the same name and a 2010 sequel. Another book, “Lipstick Jungle” (2005), also was developed into a television series by NBC that ran for two seasons between 2008 to 2009. Bushnell also served as an executive producer on the latter series. Other novels Bushnell has written include “Four Blondes” (2001), “Trading Up” (2003), “ One Fifth Avenue” (2008), “The Carrie Diaries” (2010) and “Summer and the City” (2011).
“One has to be open-minded when the right man comes along. And I know it's freaky, but this just seems like the natural thing to do. My friends didn't even say to me, 'So soon?' I think that's because they're so relieved.” Candace Bushnell (on getting married)
Bushnell has been married to NYC dancer Charles Askegard since 2002.
Childhood and Family:
The daughter of Calvin and Camille Bushnell, Candace Bushnell was born on December 1, 1958, in Glastonbury, Connecticut. She attended Rice University in Houston, Texas, but dropped out at the age of 19. She then moved to New York City and later received a B.A. from the New York University College of Arts and Science. In NYC, Candace first tried her hands in acting, but discovered that she lacked the skills after taking an acting classes for three months. She would become known in the city as a socialite and party goer before eventually achieving success as a novelist.
On July 4, 2002, Candace married Charles Askegard, a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. She is ten years older than her husband. Recalling about her husband, she said, “'I told him he was too tall to be a ballet dancer and I asked if he was gay. At first he seemed too young, but then I looked into his eyes and it was like, 'Whoa!'”
Candace's nickname is Candy.
The Carrie Diaries
A college dropped out Candace Bushnell started the life of an aspiring novelist and Manhattan socialite following a failed attempt in acting. During a transition time, she scored her first writing assignment to write a children’s book, and although the book was never published, she did earn a $1,000 pay day. Bushnell continued writing and eventually got her start as a columnist when she covered the notorious Studio 54 scene for a magazine called “Beat.” She went on to freelance for woman's magazines such as “Ladies Home Journal” and “Mademoiselle,” and later landed a staff position at “Self.” During this period, she wrote items that fell into a newly established gray area between fiction and journalism.
After struggling for over a decade, Bushnell eventually received her big break in 1994 when she was asked to write her own column for “New York Observer.” Based on Bushnell and her friends’ experiences living and dating in the big city, the amusing column “Sex and the City” became a hit and was turned into the best selling “Sex and the City” novel in 1997. With the book, Bushnell eventually could achieve her longstanding dream of becoming an illustrious novelist.
Bushnell enjoyed further success when her book was loosely adapted into a long running HBO television series also called “Sex and the City.” Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon, the show ran for six episodes of a total of 94 episodes from June 6, 1998 to February 22, 2004, and once became one of the highest rated sitcoms. The series has been adapted for and made into two motion picture, “Sex and the City” and “Sex and the City 2,” which was released in 2008 and 2010, respectively.
In 2001, Bushnell published her second novel, “Four Blondes,” an uncensored look into the mating rituals of the Manhattan elite. She followed it up with “ Trading Up” in 2003, a social satire about a lingerie model. The fourth novel “Lipstick Jungle,” about woman working in corporate America, hit the bookstores on September 6, 2005. A television adaptation of the book, also called “Lipstick Jungle,” was created in in 2008, with Bushnell serving as an executive producer. The show,
starring Brooke Shields as Wendy Healy, Lindsay Price as Victory Ford, and Kim Raver as Nico Reilly, ran on NBC for two seasons from February 2008 through January 2009.
In 2005, Bushnell appeared on television as a judge on the CBS reality series “Wickedly Perfect.” The series was short lived but Bushnell bounced back in 2007 with her own call-in talk show, “Candace Bushnell’s Sex, Success and Sensibility,” on Sirius. Her radio show was canceled in the late 2008 after the merger of Sirius and XM Satellite Radio, when she was requested to continue the show with a 50% pay cut she refused.
Bushnell's next novel, “One Fifth Avenue,” about the residents of the prestigious building, was released in 2008. Two years later, on April 27, 2010, she published her first young adult novel, “The Carrie Diaries,” centering on the character of Carrie Bradshaw during her senior year of High School during the early 1980s and part of her life in New York working as a writer. The book received mostly favorable reviews from critics. A sequel called “Summer and the City” followed on April 26, 2011.
It has been officially announced that The CW network is moving forward with a television series as a prequel to the “Sex and the City” series, based on “The Carrie Diaries.” The project is being developed by “Gossip Girl” producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Ex-”Sex and the City” writer Amy Harris is tapped to write the adaptation.