A tribute to Willie Garson, the Stanford Blatch to our Carrie Bradshaw and his best SATC moments

His time on Sex and the City was iconic

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by Lucy Smith |
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As we say goodbye to Willie Garson, who tragically passed away yesterday aged 57, we thought it would only be right to celebrate the much-loved Hollywood actor's career with a trip down memory lane.

From his acting in Sex and the City, to that iconic cameo in Freaky Friday, Willie played unforgettable roles and gave us witty one-liners for life.

While he starred in the likes of Two and a Half Men and Just Like Heaven, we have to shine a spotlight on his most iconic role - it has to be SATC's Stanford Blatch.

Stanford was the best friend we all needed in the early 00s and he was Carrie Bradshaw's rock... even when she perhaps wasn't so nice to him.

So, without further ado, we present Stanford Blatch's most loved, laughable and downright legendary moments from Sex and the City.

Stanford Blatch's top 5 Sex and the City one-liners

5. When he brought Carrie back down to Earth...

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Season 1 Episode 9 ©HBO

Carrie: Oh God I love "Sleeping Beauty"! The music, the sets, the costumes! It's so romantic!

Stanford: You only like it because she gets to sleep for a hundred years and she doesn't age.

4. When he gave Samantha a taste of her own medicine...

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Season 5 episode 4 ©HBO

After years of public sexual escapades, it took until season 5 for Samantha to walk in on someone else doing the dirty, and this time it was Stanford and his, ahem, FIT boyfriend Marcus.

3. When he used his dancer boyfriend as the ultimate ploy to get back at Anthony...

After spotting Anthony Marantino (who turned his nose up at Stanford when Charlotte set the pair of them up) at lunch, Stanford decides to get one up on the wedding planner.

Stanford to Marcus: C'mon, we're going over there.

Marcus: Why?

Stanford: Because, you're in a tank top.

2. When he organised for the one and only, Liza Minnelli, to perform at his and Anthony's wedding...

As IF she sang Single Ladies 💍.

1. And finally, when he called Carrie fashion roadkill...

Carrie: falls on the runway

Runway coordinator: F--k me, hard. Heidi (Klum), Go!

Heidi Klum: walks over Carrie

Stanford: Oh my God, she's fashion roadkill!

Stanford's no-nonsense quips will certainly live on in our memory for years to come ❤️.

Check out: the top 10 lessons we learnt from watching Sex and the City


The top 10 lessons we learned from watching Sex And The City

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1. NEVER send a man to do a BFF's job

To this day, fans cannot believe that Carrie sent her then-boyfriend Aidan Shaw to help best pal Miranda after she had an accident (while naked, bar a towel) in the bathroom. Thankfully, Aidan was an absolute sweetheart in this particular situation. It was one of Carrie's least cool moments, but it taught everyone not to send a boyfriend on a best friend's errand - no matter how busy you are.

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2. Love yo'self more

It looked like sizzling hot Smith Jerrod was the 'the one' for Samantha, but then we all remembered that Samantha Jones was NEVER going to settle down. She followed her wild heart and broke things off with Smith, proving that sometimes you just need to listen to your gut and look after yourself #YouDoYouHun

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3. Love can come in unexpected forms

Charlotte didn't understand her attraction to her divorce lawyer, Harry Goldenblatt. He was the complete opposite of everything she usually went for, which probably made him the PERFECT man (take note, Katie Price). In the end, she realised what an absolute hun he was and married him and his hairy back.

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4. Fall, then get back up

Is there anything more mortifying than the moment when Heidi Klum steps over Carrie after she's toppled over on the catwalk? We think not. But Carrie just got straight back up, got out there and did her thing to the sound of Cheryl Lynn's Got To Be Real. Take inspiration, ladies.

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5. Working mums are superheroes

Miranda Hobbes BOSSED it as a single mum to Brady and full-time lawyer (admittedly, she was in the privileged position of earning the big bucks and having lovely Steve Brady in her life). Not only did Miranda do two jobs, but in her role as a lawyer she constantly - and successfully - battled against men trying to belittle her. Go Miranda!

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6. Don't be single shamed

One thing the show did REALLY well was address the issues single people over 30 faced (and still do) in modern society. Remember the time when Carrie left a voicemail to her friend, who had single shamed her, inviting her to the wedding that Carrie was having with herself?

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7. Just be more Samantha in general, really

Samantha literally could not give a flying fig about what other people think about her straight-talking attitude and desire to have LOTS of sex. In times of self-doubt, just ask yourself 'WWSJD?' (that's What Would Samantha Jones Do?).

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The original 'ghosting' took place when Jack Berger left Carrie a Post-It with the message: "I'm sorry, I can't, Don't hate me." Eugh, Burger (who also couldn't handle Carrie's success) was the WORST. Let's just all agree never to do this to anybody, ever.

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9. Trust that your friends won't judge

When Carrie revealed to Samantha that she was continuing an affair with Big, she asked: "Don't you want to judge me, just a little bit?". Samantha gave the CLASSIEST reply: "Not my style." If Samantha doesn't judge, neither do we.

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10. Friends are our greatest loves

When Miranda had to walk her mother's funeral procession on her own, Carrie ran up, took her hand and gave her the support she needed. It's a poignant (and totes emotional) reminder that good friends will always be there in times of need.

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11. BONUS LESSON: Enjoy cosmopolitans

Responsibly, of course. It was the cocktail of choice for this fab four and remains our go-to tipple when meeting up with the girls. Cheers to SATC, and everything it's taught us.


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Willie Garson - 20.02.1964 - 21.09.2021 ©HBO

Since the sad news of Willie's passing was made public yesterday, the SATC have been reflecting on the actor's life.

Kim Cattrall - SATC's Samantha Jones - said that Garson's death was "a terribly sad loss to the SATC family."

Likewise, Cynthia Nyxon - Miranda Hobbes - took to social media to share with fans how much of a "source of light, friendship and show business lore" the late actor was.

Our thoughts are with Willie's family and friends at this time.

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