A true rags to riches story!
It's hard to imagine a time when the name Sarah Jessica Parker came up and the first thing that came to mind wasn't "Carrie Bradshaw."
Sex and the City will go down in history as one of the best NYC-based series ever created, and thanks to the part played by SJP, any modern gal knows whether or not she's a "Carrie."
Sure, all turned out splendid for Carrie—she became a published author, her friendships stayed tight year after year, and of course, she finally got hitched to "Mr. Big."
And as we know, SJP's real life ain't all too shabby either. She lives luxuriously in Manhattan with her actor hubby Matthew Broderick, and hangs with A-list pals including reality TV host with the most, Andy Cohen.
But before fame and fortune, Sarah was a girl from a large family of modest means trying to make her way into the spotlight. As we know, Sarah succeeded, but not without struggle. Here's a taste of SJP pre-fame, and why you'll be rooting for our fave sex columnist even more once you're done reading.
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According to Biography, Sarah grew up in "relative poverty" as the fourth of eight (take that Kate Gosslin) siblings. Her talents blossomed early, either due to need or desire, and Sarah helped the family monetarily by performing in dancing and singing gigs in the community of Nelsonville, Ohio. Just like Honey Boo Boo… kinda.
Despite the family's hardships, the family moved to Cincinnati where Sarah took singing, theater, and ballet classes, as per The Muse, and was cast in the Broadway revival of William Archibald's The Innocents, as per Wikipedia, after she and four of her siblings appeared in a production of The Sound of Music in Missouri.
In 1979, Sarah landed a dream-come-true role for a young girl as the star of Annie on Broadway in Manhattan until 1980, as per Biography, and before long, she landed a gig in Footloose, according to Viralscape, in the role of "Rusty."
Soon SJP made it to the small screen as a total geek in her role on the TV show, Square Pegs, according to Biography. Her geekiness was a far cry from the Carrie Bradshaw she'd portray in decades to come!
From there, movie roles and more TV gigs took Sarah to the next level in her career, eventually landing her the iconic SATC role and many more since.
From rags to riches, this leading lady was a born star!
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