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56 Things You Didn't Know About Sex And The City

1. Sex and the City was based on Candace Bushnell's book, which comprised her weekly New York Observer columns.

2. In her younger life the apparently conservative Charlotte (Kristin Davis), was a prom queen, a varsity cheerleader, track and field captain, teen model, and equestrienne.

3. Sex and the City director Michael Patrick King kicked off his career as a stand-up comedian.

4. In the course of its six seasons, SATC has been nominated for more than 50 Emmys, winning seven times.

5. Bushnell was paid just $50,000 for the rights to shoot her New York Observer columns.

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6. Massive salary demands (allegedly $14million) from Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie) and Kim Cattrall (Samantha) delayed the film version of the smash TV series until a decade after the final episode aired. A senior source at the HBO cable network said at the time, "The actresses were each offered $5.4 million (GBP3 million) and box office royalties on top, but they say it's not enough. If we can't reach an agreement, the film won't happen. It wouldn't be the same without two main stars."

7. Sarah Jessica Parker, who played Bushnell’s alter ego, Carrie Bradshaw, was the only one of the four main actresses whose contract stated that she would not appear nude on screen.

8. The tutu Carrie wears during the opening sequence came from a bargain bin. It cost $5.

9. Carrie was originally meant to be brunette. Just 24 hours before the pilot was shot, producers dyed her hair because Bushnell (who Carrie is based on) is blonde.

 

10. In the books, Charlotte’s last name was Ross. It was changed to York for the TV series, in which she was played by Kristin Davis.

 

11. After Miranda and Carrie got cupcakes there, the Magnolia Bakery on 401 Bleecker Street became so popular it had to start employing a bouncer.

 

12. The Sex and The City movie may be the first movie to feature the iPhone as a prop. Carrie needs to call Big, so a friend hands her an iPhone. Carrie tosses it aside, flabbergasted by the new-fangled device.

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13. The Vogue fashion shoot used the real Vogue team: Photographer Patrick Demarchelier, Hairstylist Serge Normant, Makeup artist Gucci Westman, Prop stylist Mary Howard, West Coast editor Lauren Howell, Contributing editor Plum Sykes, and Editor at large André Leon Talley.

 

14. Kelly Rowland auditioned for the role of Louise, Carrie's assistant in the first Sex And the City movie. Beyonce was also considered for the role. 

 

15. In the first movie, Carrie borrows a book called "Love Letters From Great Men" from the library. This book didn’t exist when the film was released. However, so many fans wanted to buy it that it was actually published.

16. While filming, Parker would spend up to 19 hours a day shooting scenes wearing heels as Carrie.

 

17. From the very first season up to the 12th episode of the 4th season, in the opening credits, Sarah Jessica Parker's name was shown with the World Trade Center towers behind her name. After the terrorist attacks on the USA of 11 September 2001 and the collapse of the towers, her name then appeared with the Empire State Building in the background. The same thing happened with the show's main title.

 

18. Over fifteen years before this show started, Cynthia Nixon (Miranda) and Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie starred together as teenagers in the 1982 TV movie My Body, My Child.

 

19. Sex And The City was the first cable series to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series.

 

20. The Vogue fashion shoot is the only scene in the movie that isn't fashion directed by Patricia Field. Patricia Field's legendary fashion direction of the show is why the show doesn't date - everything is so edgy, thrown together so well and such an incredible mix of op shop and high fashion that it makes the show timeless. Patricia Field has had a showroom in New York City for more than three decades.

 

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21. The first name of "Mr. Big" (Chris Noth) is revealed only in the final episode. His whole name is learned in the follow-up movie Sex and The City (2008).

 

22. In the first movie, the  note that comes with the Vivienne Westwood wedding dress was handwritten by Vivienne Westwood.

23. Carrie's custom couture Vivienne Westwood wedding dress would retail for $22,760

 

24. Mr Big, played by Chris Noth, was inspired by the former magazine executive Ron Galotti, one of Bushnell’s ex-boyfriends.

25. The fifth season only has eight episodes in it because Parker was pregnant 
in real life.

 

26. In 2012, the apartment next door to Carrie's apartment sold for $9.65 million.

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27. Carrie’s address is 245 East 73rd Street, Samantha’s is 300 Gansevoort Street, Charlotte’s is 700 Park Avenue, and Miranda’s is 331 West 78th Street. None of these addresses exist in real life.

28. Nixon doesn’t have pierced ears, and wore clip-ons in any scenes where Patricia Field styled her with earrings. 

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29. Davis’s nan never watched the show, because Davis thought she wouldn’t understand it.

30. Natasha, Mr. Big’s wife, wears white. This is to convey that her personality is “vanilla”.

 

31. Kim Cattrall turned down the role of Samantha twice before being persuaded to take it.

32. Even when she was being shot head/shoulders, Cattrall insisted on wearing heels. She said it made her feel more like Samantha.

33. In the first film, Carrie removes a book from a display in a book shop and replaces it with her own. That book is Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani, and it’s about a woman who plans an extravagant wedding before being left at the altar.

34. In the second film, the scenese were shot in Marrakech, not Abu Dhabi.

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35. In the first film, Carrie and Miranda have a fight and talk about it in front of Carrie’s house. In the background, there is an Indian cab driver nodding along silently. He is the same cab driver who was used in Season 2 when they had the “up the butt” conversation.

36. In the scene where Trey proposes to Charlotte, a fake Tiffany’s window was used because Tiffany’s wouldn’t allow the real store to be filmed. However, a Tiffany’s employee approved the fake one before filming begun.

37. The actor who plays Stanford was set up on a blind date with Parker years before Sex and the City was filmed. They are close friends in real life.

38. Lots of the art in Aleksandr Petrovsky’s home actually belonged to the actor who played him, Mikhail Baryshnikov.

 

39. The music during the Carrie montage in Paris was written by Baryshnikov. It’s the same music that Aleksandr played to Carrie on his piano in “The Ick Factor”.

40. At the beginning of Charlotte’s wedding, a Scottish funeral dirge is played. This is to symbolise Charlotte entering a bad marriage.

41. Victoria Beckham as offered a cameo role in the first film, but had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts with Spice Girls tour rehearsals.

42. The first dog who played Pete was scared of John Corbett, so they had to get a new dog.

 

43. The pre-nuptial agreement that Bunny makes Charlotte sign was written by a real lawyer.

44. The bit of Brady’s umbilical cord that Miranda’s cat plays with is actually a piece of beef jerky.

45. Filming of the very last episode, “An American Girl in Paris – Part Deux”, finished four days before it aired.

46. There’s a continuity error in the opening sequence. The bus that splashes Carrie is full of passengers when it passes, but after the camera closes in on Carrie, it appears empty.

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47. In 2001, Parker became an executive producer 
of Sex and The City. Her subsequent pay rise meant she earned $3 million per episode.

48. The episode in which Berger breaks up with Carrie via a Post-it note was inspired by a real-life Post-it break up that one of the show’s writers went through.

49. In the first film, Carrie has the same phone as she did in the TV series. To show how much time had passed, the producers stuck tape to it to make it seem worn.

50. When Samantha runs into Phoebe (played by Geri Halliwell) on the street, they talk about Soho House, which they’re standing outside. When the scene was filmed, Victoria and David Beckham were actually inside the private members’ club.

51. Until Season 4, Episode 12, Parker’s name and the show’s name were shown in front of the World Trade Center towers in the credits. After the 9/11 attacks and the towers’ collapse, both appeared with the Empire State Building in the background instead.

52. When Davis and Noth (Charlotte and Mr Big’s) shot the “I curse the day you were born!” scene in the first film, there was a fire drill at the Catholic girls’ school across the road. A bunch of teenagers ran out of the building screaming, “We love you, Mr Big!” Noth turned around and said, “Shouldn’t you be in school?” One girl apparently replied, “Abso-f**kin-lutely!”

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53. None of the main four characters repeat a full outfit throughout the course of the TV show, until the final episode where Carrie wears a fur coat from the first series.

54. Carrie asks 92 questionbs in her columns throughout the series.

55. In the episode before she moves to Paris with her artist boyfriend, Carrie writes, “Is it time to stop questioning?” This is her final question, as in the final two episodes she doesn’t ask anything.

56. In the Simpsons episode, "Half-Decent Proposal" the show was parodied as "Nookie in New York" and was described as "a show about four single women who act like gay men."

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