Author of the wildly popular bestseller Sex and the City, which spawned the HBO hit series starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Candace Bushnell captured the country’s attention by breaking down the bedroom doors of New York’s rich and beautiful and exposing the true story of sex, love, and relationships today. Dubbed “the Sharon Stone of journalism,” Bushnell first put the singles scene into print as The New York Observer‘s resident “Sex and the City” columnist. Her writing introduced the nation to “modelizers”, men who only date models, the far more common “toxic bachelors,” and the women who are looking for Mr. Big as they glide in and out of the star-studded Bowery Bar scene.
Bushnell’s semi-toxic tales, or “the underside of glamour,” as she refers to her subject matter, were collected in her best-selling book Sex and the City. In her efforts to get to the heart of her stories, Bushnell has been known to conduct some unusual journalistic research, including interviewing a male Calvin Klein underwear model in bed and venturing to upper-class suburbs to ask married women about their sex lives.
In her latest novel, Lipstick Jungle, Bushnell takes on corporate America—describing the lives of “women who have careers like men.”
In Four Blondes, Bushnell gives readers another uncensored look into the mating rituals of the Manhattan elite. In four novellas, Bushnell breaks down bedroom doors with her wry humor and frank portrayals of love and lust to deliver four clever, hilarious and socially relevant stories.
Bushnell’s novel, Trading Up, is a wickedly funny social satire about a lingerie model whose reach exceeds her grasp and whose new-found success has gone to her head. But as she enters a world of too much money and too few morals, unseen forces conspire to bring her down, forcing her to reexamine her values about love and friendship, and how far she’s willing to go to realize her dreams. This sharply observant, keenly funny, wildly entertaining comedy of manners is Bushnell at her most sassy and entertaining.
The encounters, relationships and good-byes that Bushnell shares provide an often humorous, sometimes bleak, but always honest look at what it means to be single in a city where “Cupid has flown the coop.”
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. For Bushnell, writing the column meant spending up to six nights a week on the town, from TriBeCa bars to Hampton summer homes to Aspen ski resorts.
Recently, Bushnell used her style expertise to judge contestants on the smash hit CBS reality show, Wickedly Perfect. Hosted by Joan Lunden, the show used a series of challenges and contests to find America’s newest “lifestyle-guru.”
Bushnell was born and raised in the small Connecticut town of Glastonbury and attended Rice University. She currently resides in Manhattan.
“Lipstick Jungle,” the TV show, starring Brook Shields and Gina Gershon. Bushnell is executive producer.
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