Posted on 05/07/2020 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Apparently, 2020 is not the first time that Dr. Anthony Fauci has been seen as crush-worthy.

Author Sally Quinn met Fauci, then the government scientist best known for fighting the spread of AIDS, at a Washington function in the early 1990s.

She told the Washingtonian that she “just fell in love” with him — and at the time, she was seeking inspiration for the love interest in her work-in-progress, Happy Endings.

This character, she said, “would be somebody who was really brilliant, and compassionate, and kind, and decent, and honest. All of those things — and sexy.”

And Fauci, said Quinn, “just exuded charisma. All the things that (the protagonist) would have fallen in love with.”

Happy Endings was a bestseller in 1991; learn more about its backstory and the novel itself in the Washingtonian.

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