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Sally Quinn, celebrity journalist and widow of Washington Post Managing Editor Ben Bradlee, admitted to the Washingtonian that the hot scientist in her best-selling romance novel Happy Endings was based on none other than Dr. Anthony Fauci. Quinn said she sat next to Fauci at a Washington D.C. dinner party and “just fell in love with him.”
In her 1991 novel, Quinn’s protagonist Sadie Grey, a widowed first lady, falls in love with a leading government scientist named Michael Lanzer ― who had discovered a treatment for AIDS.
Quinn said she had been looking for a love interest in her novel who was not wealthy or from a well-known family but instead “really brilliant, and compassionate, and kind, and decent, and honest. All of those things — and sexy.” When she met Fauci, he fit the bill.
Quinn said that Fauci had known for a long time that he had been the inspiration for love interest in the novel and that she believed he was somewhat embarrassed by it.