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"Sex and the City" Turns 20: 20 Facts About the Hit Show

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Sex and the City Turns 20:

On June 6, 1998, the very first episode of Sex and the City aired, and with it came the revival of the cosmo, the great post-it incident, and the infamous Mr. Big vs. Aiden debate. The show was a platform for all things fashion, and delved into the lives of four unique gal pals as they attempted to find love (and sex) in the big city. Regardless of which fierce leading lady you connected with, the hit HBO series resonated with audiences across the country. In honor of the show's 20th anniversary, here's a list of some fun facts you might not know.

The Ladies of Sex and the City: From Left: Cynthia Nixon (Miranda Hobbes), Kim Cattrall (Samantha Jones), Kristin Davis (Charlotte York) and Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie Bradshaw).

The Ladies of Sex and the City: From Left: Cynthia Nixon (Miranda Hobbes), Kim Cattrall (Samantha Jones), Kristin Davis (Charlotte York) and Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie Bradshaw).

1. Sex and the City was based off of Candace Bushnell's personal column that she wrote for The New York Observer.

2. Sarah Jessica Parker, who portrayed Carrie Bradshaw, was the only actress who never appeared nude. She had a no-nudity clause in her contract.

3. The four leading ladies helped popularize their cocktail of choice, the cosmopolitan. While some date the drink back to the 1930s, the cosmo saw a re-surge in popularity upon the release of SATC.

4. The character of Mr. Big is actually based on a real person. Candace Bushnell met and dated a man named Ron Galotti, whom she saw at a party in the mid-90s. He would go on to provide inspiration for the infamous love of Carrie's life.

5. Sarah Jessica Parker lobbied to include diversity within the cast. Actor Blair Underwood joined the series as Miranda's love interest, effectively adding a much needed variety to the cast.

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The inspiration behind Mr. Big: Ron Galotti (right) and his television character (Chris Noth).

The inspiration behind Mr. Big: Ron Galotti (right) and his television character (Chris Noth).

6. Carrie's famous pink tutu she wore in the opening credits was actually found in a bargain bin. It cost a whopping $5.

7. The character of Natasha, Mr. Big's young wife, always wore the color white in order to convey that she was "bland" and vanilla.

8. Kim Cattrall preferred to use method acting. Regardless if the scene was full-body or shot from the waist up, Cattrall always wore heels in order to truly feel like Samantha.

9. Season 5 of the show was cut short to only 8 episodes in order to accommodate Sarah Jessica Parker's pregnancy.

10. Though she may look stunning as a redhead, Cynthia Nixon (Miranda Hobbes) is actually a natural blonde.

The famous pink tutu, purchased for a surprising $5.

The famous pink tutu, purchased for a surprising $5.

The "vanilla" character Natasha, portrayed by the lovely Bridget Moynahan.

The "vanilla" character Natasha, portrayed by the lovely Bridget Moynahan.

Cynthia Nixon (Miranda) rocking both blonde and red hair.

Cynthia Nixon (Miranda) rocking both blonde and red hair.

11. The show's creator Darren Star only paid Candace Bushnell $60,000 for the rights to her columns.

12. Though Carrie's address does not actually exist, the apartment used for the exterior shots sold for $9.65 million in 2012.

13. The show rarely mentions any of the characters' families. The only time family was introduced was when Charlotte's brother came to visit, and when Miranda's mother passed away. This was intentionally done in order to highlight the strength and independence of the women on the show, as well as their friendship.

14. Sex and the City managed a major feat: it was the first cable series to win the Emmy for Best Comedy Series.

15. The costumer designer for the show, Patricia Field, was very specific in the outfits she chose. She only repeated an outfit once, a fur jacket that appeared both in the first and last episode.

Carrie's famous apartment exterior.

Carrie's famous apartment exterior.

The ladies of Sex and the City at the Emmys.

The ladies of Sex and the City at the Emmys.

16. Sarah Jessica Parker almost didn't play the iconic Carrie Bradshaw: actress Dana Delaney of Desperate Housewives fame was initially offered the role. However, she turned it down in fear of being typecast and Parker won the role. The rest, as they say, is television history.

17. While many fans were passionate in the Mr. Big vs. Aiden debate, creator Darren Star didn't want Carrie ending up with either. In a Kindle Singles interview, Star confessed "I think the show ultimately betrayed what it was about, which was that women don't ultimately find happiness from marriage."

18. Sarah Jessica Parker and Willie Garson (Stanford) were actually close friends before the series began. The two were even set up on a blind date! Parker and Garson had both auditioned for their roles before ultimately realizing it was for the same show.

19. Carrie's famous 'Newspaper Dress' was designed for Christian Dior by John Galliano and would have cost her a whopping $1,500.

20. While Carrie always had a passion for fashion, the most expensive dress she ever wore was in the penultimate episode of Sex and the City. It was the Atelier Versace Couture 'Mille Feuille' gown she wore in Paris with Aleksandr Petrovsky, and was priced at $80,000.

The Carrie that almost was: Dana Delaney (right) opposite Parker.

The Carrie that almost was: Dana Delaney (right) opposite Parker.

Battle of the Beaus: Aiden vs. Mr. Big.

Battle of the Beaus: Aiden vs. Mr. Big.

Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie) & Willie Garson (Stanford).

Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie) & Willie Garson (Stanford).

Carrie's most expensive (and stunning) gown.

Carrie's most expensive (and stunning) gown.

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