‘Sex and the City’: Was Mr. Big Inspired by a Real Person?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Ron Galotti gets his mail at the North Pomfret Post Office January 19, 2005

hen Candace Bushnell’s e-book, based mostly on her columns, was become a success HBO present, followers had been immediately hooked. The provocative collection, Sex and the City, was forward of its time in a whole lot of methods. The scenes that performed out on-screen, nevertheless, really occurred to Bushnell. In truth, the present’s most important character, Carrie Bradshaw, was based mostly on the creator, and Carrie’s most important love curiosity, Mr. Big, was impressed by a person Bushnell as soon as dated. So, who’s the thriller man who impressed such an iconic character? He was a publishing government.

Who was the inspiration for Mr. Big?

Carrie as soon as mentioned that Mr. Big couldn’t go away New York as a result of Big was just like the Chrysler Building; it will be all unsuitable some place else. One would assume a personality like that couldn’t really exist in the true world, however a real-life beau of Bushnell’s impressed Mr. Big. Mr. Big was based mostly on Ron Galotti, a robust writer who ran in New York’s elite social circles for years earlier than buying and selling all of it in for a quieter, less complicated life for his household.

Ron Galotti gets his mail at the North Pomfret Post Office January 19, 2005
Ron Galotti | Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images

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Galotti and Bushnell met within the 1990s and dated for a little bit greater than a yr earlier than they known as it quits. Galotti, in accordance with The New York Times, was there when Bushnell was first approached to write down a e-book based mostly on her columns. Her columns appeared in The New York Observer, the real-life counterpart to Carrie’s fictional weekly column in The New York Star.

How comparable are the fictional Mr. Big and Ron Galotti?

John James Preston, higher often known as Mr. Big, might have been a financier, however the man who impressed the character had a very completely different profession path. Galotti, a Westchester Country raised New Yorker, frolicked within the army earlier than he made his means into the world of publishing. According to Harper’s Bazaar, Galotti began his profession promoting advert area in a small journal, earlier than he moved on and helped launch Country Living for Hearst. He continued to rise by way of the ranks, finally touchdown at Vogue then GQ. While their profession paths had been completely different, the fictional John James Preston and Galotti had so much in frequent.

Chris Noth appears on location for 'Sex and the City'Chris Noth appears on location for 'Sex and the City'
Mr. Big in ‘Sex and the City’ | Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive by way of Getty Images

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Like his fictional counterpart, Galotti married thrice. He dated fashions, used a non-public driver, and is, reportedly, simply as charismatic as Mr. Big. Galotti additionally left the brilliant lights of New York behind, identical to the fictional Mr. Big. Galotti, nevertheless, didn’t head out to the Napa Valley to purchase a winery. Instead, he headed north to Vermont, the place he bought an 89-acre farm and raised a household. The pull of Manhattan finally introduced Mr. Big again to the town, however the identical was not true for Galotti.   

Candace Bushnell did take some inventive license, although

Bushnell and Galotti’s romance was comparatively short-lived when in comparison with the lengthy, drawn-out sport Big and Carrie expertly performed on Sex and the City. The pair dated for a yr then ended their relationship, and from the sounds of it, that was that. There was no rekindling, solely to be dissatisfied but once more. By all accounts, the connection ran its course, making the real-life romance markedly completely different than the on-screen one.

Candace Bushnell, Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris NothCandace Bushnell, Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth
Candace Bushnell, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Chris Noth| Dave Allocca/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection by way of Getty Images

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New York Magazine described Galotti as a “serial monogamist” whose single years weren’t almost as glamorous as Mr. Big’s bachelor years. Bushnell advised the publication that Galotti was way more well-rounded than Big was depicted within the present. While the previous couple remained in contact years after their relationship ended, they doubtless gained’t be getting the ending that HBO designed for Big and Carrie. Bushnell as soon as mentioned that if the present’s characters had been dropped into the true world, the connection would have ended, in all probability as a result of Bushnell and Galotti’s relationship ended. He went on to marry another person, as did she.

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