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Also Known As: Kim Victoria Cattrall Died:
Born: August 21, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Widnes, England, GB Profession: actor

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Kim Cattrall enjoyed international acclaim as the carnally omnivorous Samantha Jones on "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004), who served as the apex of her poised yet earthy screen persona, as exemplified by such projects as "Porky's (1982), "Bonfire of the Vanities" (1990) and numerous episodic television series. Born Kim Victoria Cattrall on August 21, 1956 in Liverpool, England, she emigrated with her family to Vancouver Island, in the Canadian province of British Columbia, when she was three years of ago. She would return to England in her early adolescence and begin her training as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. After returning to Canada, she completed her primary education at the Georges P. Vanier Secondary School before heading to New York in 1972; there, she studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she was discovered by director Otto Preminger. Cattrall would sign a five-year contract with the filmmaker and made her screen debut in his thriller "Rosebud" (1974), but Universal Studios bought her contract from Preminger and installed her in its contract player system, where she quickly amassed a sizable list of credits on episodic television series. A...

Kim Cattrall enjoyed international acclaim as the carnally omnivorous Samantha Jones on "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004), who served as the apex of her poised yet earthy screen persona, as exemplified by such projects as "Porky's (1982), "Bonfire of the Vanities" (1990) and numerous episodic television series. Born Kim Victoria Cattrall on August 21, 1956 in Liverpool, England, she emigrated with her family to Vancouver Island, in the Canadian province of British Columbia, when she was three years of ago. She would return to England in her early adolescence and begin her training as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. After returning to Canada, she completed her primary education at the Georges P. Vanier Secondary School before heading to New York in 1972; there, she studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she was discovered by director Otto Preminger. Cattrall would sign a five-year contract with the filmmaker and made her screen debut in his thriller "Rosebud" (1974), but Universal Studios bought her contract from Preminger and installed her in its contract player system, where she quickly amassed a sizable list of credits on episodic television series. A featured role as Andrew Stevens' romantic interest in the high-profile miniseries "The Bastard" (syndicated, 1978) led to more long-form television projects and Canadian feature films, including Bob Clark's "Tribute" (1980), with Jack Lemmon, and the harrowing "Ticket to Heaven" (1981). She made an auspicious debut as a lascivious gym teacher in Clark's sex comedy "Porky's" (1982), and quickly followed with a comic turn in "Police Academy" (1984), and while both films were box office smashes, they did little for Cattrall's profile. She was a capable presence in Hollywood efforts like Clark's "Turk-182!" (1985) and John Carpenter's "Big Trouble in Little China" (1986), but neither found favor with audiences, and Cattrall soon settled into character roles in Brian De Palma's "Bonfire of the Vanities" (1990) and "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" (1991). She would maintain a consistent presence in supporting roles on television, most notably in Bruce Wagner's dystopian miniseries "Wild Palms" (ABC, 1993), until she was cast as publicist and sexual libertine Samantha Jones on "Sex and the City." Cattrall's unfettered performance as a forty-something woman with complete control over her unlimited wants and desires helped to make the series a must-see for its six-year run on HBO; between seasons, she parlayed its success into roles in features like "15 Minutes" (2001) and "Crossroads" (2002). When "City" ran its course in 2004, Cattrall returned to guest roles on television and in features, most notably Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer" (2010), and as producer and host of "Kim Cattrall: Sexual Intelligence" (HBO, 2005), a documentary on human desire. Cattrall also returned to her native country to establish herself as a stage actress with critically praised turns in Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" and "Private Lives." In 2008, she reunited with her "City" castmates for a "Sex and the City" feature, which proved to be a box office success. But its 2010 follow-up was pilloried by critics and fans alike, and Cattrall returned to television in her native England and Canada. She drew critical praise for her turn as a woman struggling with middle age in the comedy "Sensitive Skin" (HBO Canada, 2014-16), played a widow allegedly murdered by her lover in a BBC TV adaptation of "Witness for the Prosecution" (2016) and essayed the President of the United States for the Swedish thriller series "Modus" (TV4, 2015- ). In 2018, she joined the cast of CBS All Access's "Tell Me a Story," which adapted classic fairy tales as modern psychological thrillers.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Sex and the City (2008)
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 Ice Princess (2005) Cast
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 Crossroads (2002) Caroline
8.
 15 Minutes (2001) Cassandra
9.
 Baby Geniuses (1999) Robin
10.
 36 Hours to Die (1999) Kim Stone
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1980:
Acted in the CBS miniseries "Scruples"; based on Judith Krantz's bestselling novel
1985:
Acted in the drama feature "Turk 182"
1975:
Feature film acting debut in Otto Preminger's "Rosebud" while in final year at Academy of Dramatic Arts
1996:
Featured in the supernatural thriller "Unforgettable"
1980:
First major film acting role (as an adult) in "Tribute"
1995:
Had a supporting role in the TNT presentation of Wendy Wasserstein's popular play "The Heidi Chronicles"
1977:
Made TV-movie acting debut in "Good Against Evil" (ABC)
1980:
Played title role in the syndicated TV-movie "The Gossip Columnist"
2005:
Starred in the romantic dramedy "Ice Princess" playing a coach to an aspiring figure skater (Michelle Trachtenberg)
2005:
Will headline an update of Brian Clark's play "Whose Life Is It Anyway?" at London's Duke of York's Theatre
2002:
Appeared in Alec Baldwin's troubled directorial debut "The Devil and Daniel Webster"
1993:
Co-starred in the short-lived CBS primetime soap "Angel Falls"
1997:
Featured in the NBC miniseries thriller "Robin Cook's 'Invasion'"
1988:
Featured opposite Rob Lowe in the thriller "Masquerade"
1981:
Had a memorable featured role in the teen sex comedy "Porky's"
1986:
Made Broadway debut opposite Ian McKellan in "Wild Honey" a translation of Chekhov's "Ivanov"
1984:
Played a former call girl turned vigilante in the NBC TV-movie "Sins of the Past"
1991:
Played Mr Spock's protegee, Valeris, in "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country"
2008:
Reprised the character of Samantha Jones for "Sex and the City: The Movie"
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Signed to long-term contract with Universal Studios
1990:
Co-starred as Tom Hanks' sophisticated wife in Brian De Palma's disappointing "Bonfire of the Vanities"
1989:
Had a supporting role as a villainess in the uninspired reunion film "The Return of the Musketeers"
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Made professional debut with little theater company in Liverpool
1993:
Played featured role of Paige in the four-part ABC miniseries "Wild Palms"
2010:
Played Pierce Brosnan's personal assistant and mistress in Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer"
2010:
Reprised her role of Samantha Jones for "Sex and the City 2"
1979:
Reprised role in the syndicated miniseries sequel "The Rebels"
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Stage debut in production of "The Rocky Horror Show"
1996:
Starred opposite Jeff Fahey in the CBS thriller "Every Woman's Dream"
1986:
Was featured in John Carpenter's adventure "Big Trouble in Little China"
1984:
Was one of the recruits attending "Police Academy"
1998:
Co-starred as sexually liberated PR agent Samantha Jones in the HBO comedy series "Sex and the City"; earned Golden Globe (2000, 2001, 2004), SAG (2002, 2003) and Emmy (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004) nominations
2007:
Co-starred with Alec Baldwin in "Shortcut to Happiness"
1978:
Featured in the syndicated miniseries "The Bastard"
1999:
Had a co-starring role in "Baby Geniuses"
2001:
Made cameo appearance as a hardnosed TV producer in "15 Minutes"
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Performed in repertory theater in Toronto
1995:
Played a woman reliving her youth with a slumber party on the eve of her third marriage in "Live Nude Girls"
1998:
Played a woman under attack by genetically engineered killer sharks in the ABC miniseries "Peter Benchley's 'Creature'"
1987:
Played the title character's animated alter ego in the silly romantic comedy "Mannequin"
2018:
Joined the cast of the CBS All Access thriller series "Tell Me A Story"
2013:
Produced and co-starred in the Canadian comedy series "Sensitive Skin"
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Education

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art: -
The Banff School: Alberta -
American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York, New York -

Notes

"Some people say 'Porky's' was a mistake. I look at it as something that took two weeks out of my life. I was doing a production of 'A View From the Bridge' at the time and I didn't have any money. You have to make ends meet, and some of the choices I made were just based on survival." --Kim Cattrall quoted in US, August 21, 1989.

"I've consistently been building something, for better or worse, in the choices I've made. But, I'm still here, and I'm still getting a lot out of it. And I'm glad that I didn't--excuse the expression--come too soon." --Cattrall in US, August 21, 1989.

On acting: "I am a working girl, and as an actor you have to do some things for commerce and some things for art.

"I enjoy acting, but my life's too short to really bleed for it." --Cattrall quoted in Empire, August 1998.

Cattrall on Samantha, the oversexed fortysomething she plays on "Sex and the City": "I've been playing sexually aware women most of my life and I'm comfortable with that. I like the way I look; I like the way I feel. I use it as an asset. My sexuality comes from a really positive, fun, orgasmic place, which I think is healthy.

"At this point in my life, I expected to be playing moms and wives--thankless tasks, really, for an actress. It's really exciting to be playing a femme fatale." --quoted in Rolling Stone, August 19, 1999.

"I've been playing sexually aware women most of my life, and I'm comfortable with that. I like the way I look; I like the way I feel. I use it as an asset. My sexuality comes from a really positive, fun, orgasmic place, which I think is healthy."-CattrallRolling Stone, August 19, 1999

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companion:
Jonathan Silverman. Actor. Born on August 5, 1966; dated late 1980s; no longer together.
companion:
Daniel Benzali. Actor. Born on January 20, 1950; engaged as of August 1996; separated; reconciled in 1997; no longer together.
companion:
Pierre Trudeau. Former Canadian Prime Minister. Dated, no longer together.
companion:
Cuttino Mobley. Professional basketball player. Plays for the Houston Rockets; rumored to be dating as of early 2004.
husband:
Larry Davis. Writer. Canadian; married in 1975; divorced.
husband:
Andreas Lyson. Architect. German; married in 1982; separated c. 1987; divorced in 1989.
husband:
Mark Levinson. Executive. Born c. 1947; married on September 4, 1998 in East Hampton, New York; separated fall 2002.
companion:
Alan Wyse. Chef. Rumored to be dating July 2004.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Dennis Cattrall. Construction engineer.
mother:
Shane Cattrall. Housewife, part-time secretary.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm" Warner Books

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