For the next six years the show followed Carrie, Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), Samantha (Kim Cattrall) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) through their sexual entanglements and relationships.
And during those six years I got to know the four actresses
reasonably well on a professional basis. Sometimes I would meet them on the Sex and the City set at Silver Cup Studios, just across the 59th Street Bridge from Manhattan; other times it would be when they were on promotional visits to Los Angeles.
To Kim Cattrall, who in real-life was nothing like the sex-mad Samantha, I was always "Limey" even though she herself was a Limey, too, coming as she did from Liverpool. So we would swap stories about pubs, things we missed and our visits "home."
Every Christmas I would get a card and a note from Cynthia Nixon. And I was as surprised as any of her fans when she came out as gay and later married her partner.
Kristin Davis, the only one of the quartet whose home was in Los Angeles, was always funny and friendly and we chatted on the telephone about her career and life with the Sex and the City cast, of whom Cynthia was her greatest friend.
And Sarah Jessica Parker? Well, Sarah Jessica was the boss. As one of the show's producers she had a big say in what went on screen and the others treated her with, if not deference, then certainly with respect.
The series spawned two feature films but it seems that was enough. Plans for a third film fizzled when Cattrall, who had had her differences with Parker, refused to return.
But Sex and the City is far from finished. The six seasons are available on Amazon as well as other syndicated outlets, including the E! network which recently aired a marathon of every episode.
|With the boss, Sarah Jessica, 20 years later|