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Candace Bushnell is the author of the wildly popular bestseller Sex and the City, which spawned the HBO hit series.
Bushnell's own rise to the top of New York's jet set and her experiences as a successful single woman provide the basis for much of her writing. A former aspiring actress, her transformation into America's most cutting-edge columnist began as a New York University undergraduate, when she covered the sizzling Studio 54 scene for a magazine called Beat. She went on to become a seasoned freelance writer for women's magazines, including Ladies Home Journal, Self and Mademoiselle, writing pieces that fell into a newly-established gray area between journalism and fiction.
Bushnell received her big break when New York Observer editors offered her the opportunity to take full advantage of writing's first maxim: Write what you know. Bushnell developed the "Sex and the City" column in 1994 as a thinly-veiled look at her own life (through the voice of her alter-ego, Carrie) and that of her friends, acquaintances, and NYC's social elite.
Bushnell was born and raised in the small Connecticut town of Glastonbury and attended Rice University. She currently resides in Manhattan.
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