‘Sex and the City’: How Much Do You Know About Charlotte York’s Family?

Sex and the City didn’t focus much on the origin stories of its characters. After six seasons, though, a few interesting tidbits were dropped for fans. During the show’s original run, fans learned that Carrie Bradshaw’s father had left when she was young and that Samantha Jones and Miranda Hobbes had multiple siblings. Fans also learned that Miranda grew up in Philadelphia and that Charlotte’s Connecticut upbringing informed many of her decisions. Carrie might have been the main character of the series, but fans actually learned the most about Charlotte’s background.

Charlotte was the daughter of a doctor, according to her wedding announcement

When Charlotte married her second husband, Harry Goldenblatt, their wedding announcement appeared in The New York Times. While most fans focused on the ink splat on the picture, one eagle-eyed Reddit user noticed that a fair amount of Charlotte and Harry’s announcement was visible, and some interesting pieces of information appeared in the writeup.

Charlotte York, Harry Goldenblatt and Lily
Charlotte York, Harry Goldenblatt and Lily | Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

Charlotte was the daughter of a doctor. In the writeup, it stated that Charlotte’s father was a doctor, and her mother, whose real name was Sandra, went by the nickname “Muffin.” Charlotte’s father appeared just once on the show, to walk her down the aisle at her first wedding to Trey McDougal, and the show never extrapolated on what type of doctor he was. Funnily enough, Trey’s mother also went by a nickname. Bunny McDougal’s real name was never mentioned.

Charlotte York had a lot in common with a Gilmore Girls character  

While Charlotte’s wonton dating as an adult would not have sat well with Gilmore Girls’ character, Emily Gilmore, she and Charlotte had a lot in common. Not only did Charlotte attend the same college as the Gilmore Girls matriarch, but Charlotte could have been a part of Emily’s beloved organization, The Daughters of the American Revolution.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis appear in 'Sex and the City: The Movie'
Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw and Kristin Davis as Charlotte York| Bobby Bank/WireImage

According to her wedding announcement, Charlotte was the descendent of Nathaniel Gorham. According to Rutgers, Gorham was a prominent politician. In fact, he was one of the original signers of the United States Constitution. The similarities didn’t end there. Charlotte was also raised in Connecticut, which is the same state that Emily called home, although Charlotte grew up in Old Greenwich, while Emily called Hartford home.

There was a couple of plot holes in Charlotte and Harry’s wedding announcement

Charlotte and Harry’s wedding announcement shared some important information about Charlotte’s upbringing, but there were a couple of mistakes in the writeup. Charlotte’s career path, for example, was completely wrong. The writeup suggested that Charlotte was a writer and editor for a fashion magazine, but no mention of such a job ever made it onto the show. Instead, Charlotte was first introduced as an art director at a gallery. Later, after she quit to have children, she volunteered her time at a museum.

Kristin Davis as Charlotte York and Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw
Charlotte York and Carrie Bradshaw | Tom Kingston/WireImage

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Charlotte’s career path wasn’t the only thing that was incorrect in the article. The writeup mentioned Harry’s parents, but never mentioned the fact that his mother was deceased. Harry said, in the early stages of his relationship with Charlotte, that his mother had died. One would think she would have been listed as “the late Judith Goldenblatt,” but nothing in the announcement indicated that she had died.