From column to cultural phenomenon
Follow the humble beginnings and rapid growth of Sex and the City
Before six seasons of premium cable television, before endless reruns on basic cable, before a hit movie and a sequel, before Manolo Blahnik became a household name, before the fan bus tours to Carrie’s stoop, the rise and fall of Bleecker Street, and Cynthia Nixon’s surprise campaign for governor, before all of that, there was a newspaper column. Sex and the City first appeared in the New York Observer on Nov. 28, 1994.
The column’s author and central character, Candace Bushnell, was then a 35-yearold freelance writer with talent and charm and just as much anxiety over whether it was ever going to happen for her. Sarah Jessica Parker launched “SJP for Hogarth,” an imprint in the Penguin Random House.