Since the beginning of our Pub Story journey, we have seen so many different people, so many places and – due to the combination of the two – so many beautiful stories that affirm even a single night can completely change one’s life!
Starting from this – the idea that living through a night without any expectations can end up as your lifelong “revolution”, we proudly present a new series, “Things Do Change Overnight!” and here is the first chapter.
Life is like magic play dough – molded by both the conscious and unconscious choices we make, taking non-reversible forms each time we try to shape it differently. Luckily for us, each form is unique and genuine. This concept is way too thrilling for us not to write about. Thus, we detail shining examples on lives that have changed overnight, in the “Things Do Change Overnight!” series! The story you are about to read is the life-changing Broadway night of Sarah Jessica Parker, who became an idol for millions of women with Sex And The City!
Sarah Jessica Parker… Our dearest Carrie Bradshaw with her huge smile, curly blonde hair, and delicate manners… It certainly looks as though she has always been as cool, independent, and romantic as Carrie Bradshaw. But things had never been easy for Sarah Jessica Parker as a child. Sarah Jessica, born in “Small Town”, Ohio in 1965, was the middle child of 8 children. Her family constantly struggled with poverty. Adding insult to injury, Sarah had to grow up at a young age when her parents divorced and went their separate ways.
The split left her mom unable to provide, and Sarah, at just 8 years old, found herself carrying almost the whole burden of the household responsibilities. Her studies suffered under the pressure of working 3 part-time jobs, providing for her mother, and taking care of her younger siblings. A few years later when her mom remarried, the family moved to Cincinnati and despite all the financial struggles they were going through, they couldn’t stay indifferent to Jessica’s interest in music, dancing and acting. They had had a major part in young Sarah’s becoming “SJP” since then.
Paul Forste, Sarah Jessica Parker’s step dad whom she always called “her hero” was the one to change her life. A truck driver with a low income, Paul Forste was much more than that: A loving guy who tried hard to provide for the children of the woman he married, Barbara, as best as he could. Step dad Paul decided to surprise Sarah Jessica, who was then 9-10 years old and dancing and singing non-stop at home, by taking her to a Broadway musical at a time when he was assigned a New York route.
After the gloomy poor Charles Dickens-novel-like domestic setting she had lived in since she was born, Sarah was so dazzled by the musical and the charm of the New York City that she already decided about her future as a 10-year-old! Upon returning to Cincinnati her mum Barbara and her step dad Paul enrolled Sarah Jessica to a music and drama school despite all the financial difficulties. They believed she would be successful, but had no idea how greatly that loving and trusting act of theirs would change all of their lives.
Following that magical night which totally altered her perspective on the world, life, and the future, Sarah Jessica started training for Broadway kids’ auditions. At the age of 11, Sarah Jessica actually managed to win a supporting role in the musical “The Innocents” while continuing her training day and night. Only 3 years after her Broadway debut, the young star played the lead actress in the musical “Annie” which initiated her ascent into fame. Moving from the Broadway theater, she made her debut on the TV screen playing teen characters during the 80’s. SJP’s true breakthrough came when the fabulous TV series Sex And The City started in 1996. Having starred in the 6-year run show with international rating records, SJP not only reached the peak of her fame but also became a brand ambassador for top fashion icons and founded her own fashion brand called SJP. But Sarah Jessica Parker still mentions in her interviews how she finds strength from her low-income background during times of struggle, and how seeing her first Broadway show changed her life forever.