“Sex and the City”
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“Sex and the City”
By Stephanie Lysaght, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

When it comes to casting groups of women, producers are seeing red… and blonde, and black, and brown.

Movies and TV shows often distinguish their leading ladies by giving them different hair colors. Because really, who needs character development when you can just reach for the bleach?

‘Sex and the City’

Miranda is the self-assured redhead, Charlotte the good-girl brunet, and Samantha the blond vixen. The ever-funky Carrie shares Samantha’s flaxen hue.

No wonder SJP and Kim Cattrall are rumored to be rivals! “Sex and the City” broke a cardinal rule of TV hair etiquette: one woman, one hue. (HBO)
‘Clueless’
‘Clueless’

When Tai joined Cher and Dionne’s exclusive clique, there was only one problem: Her hair was red, and exclusive rights to red hair were already claimed by Cher’s nemesis, Amber.

Luckily, Cher and Dionne found a solution… Makeover! Tai was the brunet of the crew in no time. (Paramount)
‘Grey’s Anatomy’
‘Grey’s Anatomy’

The interns on “Grey’s Anatomy” get into some pretty hairy situations, but their dramas never involve hair.

Each leading lady has her own signature hue, and the women never encroach on each other’s hair-turf. (ABC)
‘Desperate Housewives’
‘Desperate Housewives’

Blond, blond, black, brown, red.

Note to producers: if you have to kill off one of the housewives, sacrifice a blond; you have a backup. (ABC)
‘Women’s Murder Club’
‘Women’s Murder Club’

This new show has already done one thing right. The cast consists of one redhead, one platinum blond, one deep brunet, and one raven-haired beauty. There’s not a hair out of place on this crime-fighting team. (ABC)
‘Cashmere Mafia’
‘Cashmere Mafia’

This new series about college friends turned execs played by the rules, casting a redhead, a brunet, a blond and the raven-haired Lucy Liu. Expect cashmere. (ABC)
‘Charlie’s Angels’
‘Charlie’s Angels’

Lucy Liu again lent her raven locks to this trio of sexy detectives. Cameron Diaz, who rarely shares the screen with a fellow blond, provided the flaxen hue. Drew Barrymore went red for the role. (Columbia Pictures)
‘The Sweetest Thing’
‘The Sweetest Thing’

In this sister comedy, Cammy claimed the blond role, Selma Blair offered a dark contrast, and the oft-blond Christina Applegate went brunet. The “sweetest thing” about the film was the hair and clothing. The rest, well… (Columbia Pictures)
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