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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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Screen and stage actress Kim Cattrall was best known for her role as New York PR agent and femme fatale Samantha Jones on the hit HBO series "Sex and the City" (1998-2004). But prior to her lusty adventures in Manolo Blahnik shoes, Cattrall built up a long list of credits in forgotten low-budget features and TV movies during the 1980s, earning some notoriety for playing sexpots in "Porkys" (1982), "Police Academy" (1984) and "Mannequin" (1987). However her lackluster film career belied her classical theater training in London and New York, where her early acting days were marked by appearances in heavy dramas. These seemingly at-odds career paths finally converged to create the charismatic, sexy, and intense character that earned the actress a Golden Globe, five Emmy nominations, and the respect of countless women who felt that Cattrall's performance as the unapologetically lustful Samantha on "Sex and the City" laid waste to preconceived views of just how sexual a woman of a certain age could or should be.

Screen and stage actress Kim Cattrall was best known for her role as New York PR agent and femme fatale Samantha Jones on the hit HBO series "Sex and the City" (1998-2004). But prior to her lusty adventures in Manolo Blahnik shoes, Cattrall built up a long list of credits in forgotten low-budget features and TV movies during the 1980s, earning some notoriety for playing sexpots in "Porkys" (1982), "Police Academy" (1984) and "Mannequin" (1987). However her lackluster film career belied her classical theater training in London and New York, where her early acting days were marked by appearances in heavy dramas. These seemingly at-odds career paths finally converged to create the charismatic, sexy, and intense character that earned the actress a Golden Globe, five Emmy nominations, and the respect of countless women who felt that Cattrall's performance as the unapologetically lustful Samantha on "Sex and the City" laid waste to preconceived views of just how sexual a woman of a certain age could or should be.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

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 Sex and the City (2008)
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6.
 Ice Princess (2005) Cast
7.
 Crossroads (2002) Caroline
8.
 15 Minutes (2001) Cassandra
9.
 36 Hours to Die (1999) Kim Stone
10.
 Baby Geniuses (1999) Robin
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Milestones close milestones

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

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

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

Companions close complete companion listing

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