‘Sex and the City’: How Did Carrie Bradshaw Meet Her 3 Best Friends?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Sex and the City,  as a e book or as a TV collection, by no means centered on the origin tales of its 4 essential characters. As far as followers had been involved, Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbes, Samantha Jones, and Charlotte York, had been merely dropped into Manhattan and one way or the other discovered one another. That was, reportedly, by design. Candace Bushnell, the mastermind behind the column that ultimately grew to become a e book, that in the end grew to become the hit HBO collection, didn’t need to delve into their backstories, as a result of, in the end, they didn’t matter. How the 4 girls grew to become buddies, nonetheless, was explored in Summer and the City, a younger grownup novel that centered on Carrie’s life as a newcomer to Manhattan.

How did Carrie Bradshaw meet Samantha Jones?

Sex and the City followers have lengthy assumed that Samantha and Carrie’s friendship was the longest standing relationship throughout the group. Bushnell confirms that assumption in Summer and the City. In the e book, Carrie meets Samantha as a result of she was the cousin of a highschool classmate. The pair grew to become buddies as a result of Carrie known as Samantha out of desperation after shedding her purse.  

Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Sarah Jessica Parker.
The solid of ‘Sex and the Cirty’ | Paramount Pictures

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Bushnell sat down with Atlanta Magazine in 2011, and defined how she developed the story. She defined that the 1980s had been a a lot completely different time in Manhattan. Without cell telephones, web connections, and e-mail addresses, folks had been compelled to satisfy extra organically. She informed the publication, “ In those days, going to New York was a pretty big deal and people would say to you, ‘Hey, I vaguely know this one person and here’s their phone number.’ And you would call that person! There were no cell phones. It was a very different time in technology. It really came down to word of mouth.” Samantha’s familial connection was an instance of that kind of “word of mouth” friendships.

Sex and the City 2 included a voice-over by Carrie, explaining how she met her 4 buddies, however the monologuenever talked about  Samantha’s connection to considered one of Carrie’s outdated classmates. Instead, Carrie explains that Samantha was a bartender at CBGB. CBGB, the birthplace of punk, was the middle of the Manhattan nightlife by the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. The institution closed its doorways in 2006.

How Did Carrie Bradshaw meet Miranda and Charlotte?

According to Bushnell’s 2011 novel, Carrie met Charlotte after they occurred to be sitting on the identical practice automobile late within the night. A homeless man entered the automobile and dropped his pants in entrance of them. Charlotte, who had been studying Bride, and Carrie grew to become buddies by the shared expertise. Sex and the City 2 informed the same story within the opening voice-over. According to the intro, Carrie arrived in New York in June 1986 and met Charlotte in 1987 on the subway.  

Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall in 'Sex and the City'Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall in 'Sex and the City'
Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall in ‘Sex and the City’ | HBO/Newsmakers

Carrie’s shut friendship with Miranda is a little more complicated. The e book and the movie inform two completely different tales about how the pair met. According to the movie, Carrie and Miranda met whereas Carrie was working at Bloomingdale’s. As the story goes, Miranda was crying in a altering room whereas Carrie was on obligation; the 12 months was 1989. The e book, nonetheless, painted Miranda as an activist who was protesting at Saks Fifth Avenue when she met Carrie.

Summer and the City reveals that Carrie binds the friend group collectively

Summer and the City supplied followers a glimpse into Carrie’s early years in Manhattan and likewise appeared to substantiate what followers have lengthy assumed. Carrie was all the time the friend that sure her group collectively. Fans have all the time thought that, with out Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte would by no means have been buddies. The three didn’t have all that a lot in frequent, and, in some ways, had clashing personalities.

The cast of 'Sex and the City'The cast of 'Sex and the City'
Miranda Hobbes, Carrie Bradshaw, Charlotte York and Samantha Jones | Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive through Getty Images

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Carrie served as one thing of a buffer between the sexually-liberated Samantha, and the way more prudish Charlotte. She additionally gave the impression to be the voice of cause between Miranda and Charlotte. Workaholic Miranda and romantic Charlotte didn’t see eye-to-eye usually. Even if Carrie was the glue that saved her buddies collectively, their dynamic as a bunch was extra fascinating than any one-on-one relationship.

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