|Candace Bushnell Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 4 in|
|Date of Birth||December 1, 1958|
Candace Bushnell is an American author, journalist, and TV producer who first came into the limelight in the mid-1990s through her newspaper column titled S*x and the City (1994-1996). It was based on her and her friends’ lifestyles in New York City in the 1990s and was published in The New York Observer, a weekly newspaper that was printed from 1987 until 2016 when it became the online-only newspaper Observer. An anthology of these columns was published as a book of the same name in 1996. That book became the basis for the hit romantic comedy-drama TV series titled S*x and the City (1998–2004) and 2 commercially successful movies – S*x and the City: The Movie (2008) and S*x and the City 2 (2010). Candace has also written multiple other bestselling novels including 4 Blondes (2001), Trading Up (2003), Lipstick Jungle (2005), One Fifth Avenue (2008), The Carrie Diaries (2010), Summer and the City (2011), Killing Monica (2015), and Is There Still S*x in the City? (2019). Lipstick Jungle (2008–2009) and The Carrie Diaries (2013-2014) were eponymously adapted as comedy-drama TV series while One Fifth Avenue was also optioned for a TV show.
Glastonbury, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
New York City, New York, United States
Candace, after her high school graduation, attended William Marsh Rice University, a private research university in Houston, Texas. She also studied at New York University, a private research university in New York City.
Author, Journalist, TV Producer
- Father – Calvin L. Bushnell (Scientist)
- Mother – Camille Bushnell (née Salonia) (Owner of a Travel Agency) (d. January 2006)
- Siblings – Alyssa Bushnell (Younger Sister), Deirdre Bushnell (Younger Sister)
- Others – Joseph Salonia, Sr. (Maternal Grandfather), Elsie Bozzo (Maternal Grandmother) (Deceased), Joseph R. Salonia, Jr. (Maternal Uncle) (Deceased)
Candace Bushnell’s net worth had been $50 million according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.
5 ft 4 in or 162.5 cm
56 kg or 123.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Candace has dated –
- Bob Gugccione Jr.
- Ron Galotti – Candace met publishing executive Ron Galotti in the mid-1990s and they had reportedly dated for about a year. Ron is supposedly Candace’s inspiration for the character of John James Preston aka Mr. Big, a recurring character in the TV series S*x and the City, the follow-up film of the same name, and its sequel.
- Michael Bergin
- Alfonse D’Amato (1999)
- Stephen Morris
- John Corbett
- Charles Askegard (2002-2012) – Candace married American ballet dancer Charles Askegard, 10 years her junior, in July 2002, having first met him just 8 weeks before. Charles, at the time, was a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, a renowned ballet company founded in 1948. The couple decided to get divorced in 2011 and had parted ways by 2012.
- In May 2022, it was reported that Candace was dating a 21-year-old male model whose name was not revealed.
Race / Ethnicity
She is of English descent on her father’s side and Italian descent on her mother’s side.
- Slender frame
- Shoulder-length, center-parted, straight hair
- Charming smile
- Radiant face
Candace Bushnell Facts
- Candace’s paternal ancestry can be traced back to Francis Bushnell, one of the signatories of the ‘Guilford Covenant’, a covenant signed by the English colonists as the founding document of Quinnipiac (modern New Haven, a city in Connecticut) in June 1639. Francis had emigrated from Thatcham, Berkshire, England, in 1639.
- Her father was one of the inventors of the air-cooled hydrogen fuel cell (an electrochemical cell that converts the chemical energy of hydrogen and an oxidizing agent into electricity) that was used in the Apollo space missions in the 1960s.
- During her high school days in Glastonbury, Connecticut, she was accompanied to her senior prom by Mike O’Meara who went on to become a nationally syndicated radio host. Mike, later, also dated one of Candace’s younger sisters.
- When she was about 19 years old, Candace moved to New York City where she sold a children’s story to Simon & Schuster, a renowned American publishing company. It was never published, though.
- Thereafter, she worked as a freelance journalist, writing darkly humorous pieces about women, relationships, and dating for publications such as Mademoiselle, Self Magazine, and Esquire.
- In 1990, she wrote a column called The Human Cartoon, a fictional serial published in Hamptons Magazine. It would become a precursor for S*x and the City, her life-changing newspaper column (1994–1996) in The New York Observer for whom she began writing in 1993.
- In 2005, Candace served as one of the judges on a competitive reality TV show titled Wickedly Perfect.
- From 2005 until 2016, she used to own a historic Victorian farmhouse in Roxbury, a town in Litchfield County, Connecticut.
- In October 2006, she began hosting a live weekly talk show on Sirius Satellite Radio titled S*x, Success, and Sensibility. The show was canceled in October 2008 when she refused to work with a 50% pay cut upon the merger of Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio.
- In 2009, she wrote a web series titled The Broadroom, a comedic series about women aged 40 or more and their workplace issues.
- In 2012, Candace was sued in a federal court by her former friend and manager Clifford Streit. Clifford claimed that Candace backed out of a prior settlement wherein she had agreed to pay him 7.5% of the money that she would earn from the S*x and the City TV series and its 2 follow-up movies.
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