Dr. Fauci Was the Inspiration for One of the Lead Characters in the 1991 Romance Novel Happy Endings

All of the positive qualities that Quinn found in Fauci translated perfectly to the character of Lanzer, a scientist who woos Sadie in Happy Endings, which is the sequel to 1986's Regrets Only.

"What she [Sadie] saw in him is exactly what everyone is seeing in him now," Quinn said, mentioning the petition to name Fauci as PEOPLE's next "Sexiest Man Alive."

"He's become this great sex symbol. And it was kind of like, who knew? I just wrote it the way I saw it," Quinn said. "Suddenly here, 30 years later, it's all coming true — except that he's not having an affair with the first lady."

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