“The key to life is your attitude. Whether you're single or married or have kids or don't have kids, it's how you look at your life, what you make of it. It's about making the best of your life wherever you are in life.” – Candace Bushnell
Born on this date in 1960, Bushnell is an author, journalist and television producer who wrote a column for The New York Observer that was adapted into the bestselling Sex and the City anthology, the basis for the HBO hit series Sex and the City and two subsequent movies. Bushnell followed that best-selling work with the international bestselling novels 4 Blondes, Trading Up, Lipstick Jungle, One Fifth Avenue, The Carrie Diaries and Summer and the City.
A native of Connecticut, she decided to become a writer while still in her teens and after moving to New York City at age 19 she started doing freelance journalism that eventually led to her full-time column about the dating scene for young adults. “Sometimes,” she said, “you have to find the passion. It comes from the inside... Everyone has to find it for themselves.”
Many of her works have been semi-autobiographical, pulling from her own life experiences and people she’s known. “You need characters who want things,” she said. “They want love, they want recognition, they want happiness.”
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