ON THE SHOW SHE WAS SWEET, LOYAL, POLITE, TRADITIONAL. Not a hair out of place, not a word out of spite. "Park Avenue Pollyanna" Carrie nicknamed her. The prom queen, teen model and equestrienne who was, as well, the most supportive of friends, who filled the world with optimism and apologized with home-baked muffins.
Off-character, Kristin Davis shares a few obvious similarities with her character, herself currently an adoptive mother and, back in school, a straight A student. But unlike the picture-perfect Charlotte York, Kristin in real life displays far more contradiction than the role she has come to be known by. An openly recovering alcoholic who is a Wyler Awardee for advocating elephant protection, she is also, to date, the only one of the Sex and the City girls to have never been married; a clear contrast to the lovelorn single who "really wanted to get married so she asked Daddy and Daddy said 'All righty.'"
Nevertheless, at least for my generation of girls coveting the love and life affairs of four fashionable Manhattan galpals, today's birthday girl remains to us the ultimate elegant darling. Happy birthday Kristin Davis!
Above, the actress in 1995, pre-SATC. Below, my favorite Kristin Davis off-screen snaps.
Kristin Davis at home 1995, at Michael Kors 2004, with Cynthia Nixon at the Emmy Awards 2004, at Michael Kors 2005, with Stella McCartney at Alexander McQueen 2004, with Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker at the Emmy Awards 2004 and with Patricia Field at Narciso Rodriguez 2004. All images from www.gettyimages.com