Kim Cattrall

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Birth Name: Kim Victoria Cattrall

Date of Birth: August 21, 1956

Place of Birth: Liverpool, England, UK

Occupation: Actress

Height: 5' 10"

Best Known For: Playing Samantha Jones on HBO's Sex and the City

Kim Cattrall Biography

Kim Cattrall was born on August 21, 1956, in England. Just 3 months later, baby Cattrall and family relocated to the western Canada. Her mother, Shane Cattrall, was a stay-at-home mom, and her father, Dennis Cattrall, was a carpenter. Cattrall was raised primarily in Canada with her three siblings, however, the family returned to England when Cattrall was 11 years old, because her grandmother became ill. While in England, Cattrall studied acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. At age 16, the Cattrall family returned to Canada, where Cattrall finished high school.

After graduating high school in 1972, Cattrall moved to New York City to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Just after she graduated, she signed a five-year movie deal with director Otto Preminger. She made her film debut in Preminger's Rosebud in 1975. The following year, Universal Studios bought out Cattrall's contract with Preminger. After teaming up with Universal, Cattrall won a number of guest spots on a variety of television shows, ranging from dramas to comedies.

In 1979, she played the role of Dr. Gabrielle White in The Incredible Hulk and in 1980, she picked up a starring role opposite Jack Lemmon in his Oscar-nominated movie Tribute. Without missing a beat, the up and coming starlet then appeared in 1981's critically acclaimed drama Ticket to Heaven. The following year, Cattrall landed the part that she would become well-known for, playing Miss Honeywell, in Porky's.

From 1982-1984, Cattrall continued making television appearances, before landing her next big role in 1984's Police Academy. She followed this high profile role with some mediocre films and in 1986, she starred opposite Kurt Russell in Big Trouble in Little China. The next year she kept herself in the spotlight by winning the lead role in Mannequin, a romantic comedy about a mannequin-turned-human.

In 1989, Cattrall was seen in the sequel film The Return of the Musketeers, followed by the 1990 The Bonfire of the Vanities, based on Tom Wolfe's novel of the same name. Next, Cattrall took a part in the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, playing Lieutenant Valeri, which became one of her better known roles.

In the early 1990s, Cattrall experienced a lull in her career. She appeared in a number of television movies and guest roles, and had starring roles in unremarkable films. But, by the late 1990s, Cattrall's career pulled a 180 when she was cast in the HBO series Sex and the City. The show co-starred established actress, Sarah Jessica Parker, and captured audiences from day one. The show ran for six seasons from 1998-2004, and garnered Cattrall worldwide fame. Supposedly the show ended due to conflicts between Parker and Cattrall, as well as Cattrall's unreasonable salary demands. The girls of Sex and the City, however, came together again in late 2007 to film a Sex and the City film, which is set for release in 2008.

During her time on Sex and the City, Cattrall found gaps in her schedule to appear in some films. In 1999, she appeared in the sci-fi family comedy Baby Geniuses with Kathleen Turner and Christopher Lloyd. In 2001, she was performing alongside Robert De Niro, Edward Burns, Charlize Theron and Kelsey Grammer, in the thriller 15 Minutes. In 2002, she played the mother of Britney Spears in the unsuccessful film, Crossroads. Cattrall once said this about her experience on set with Spears: "It was one of the hardest jobs in my life. I had to be mean to Britney Spears. She is such a little Southern sweetie who is only 20. She was so nervous and so well-prepared, and I had to reject her on screen because I'm her horrible mother who has left her."

After Sex and the City, Cattrall took it easy and cut back on how many projects she was taking. She voiced a character for The Simpsons in their 2004 episode "She Used to Be My Girl," and in 2005, she played the mother of Hayden Panettiere and ice skating coach to Michelle Trachtenberg in Disney's Ice Princess.

In addition to her extensive film and television work, Cattrall's resume also has a large section including her stage performances. She has graced the stage in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge and Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters. She won for Theatre Actress of the Year for her performance in the West End play, Whose Life Is It Anyway? In October 2006 she appeared in a West End production of David Mamet's The Cryptogram at the Donmar Warehouse in London.

Cattrall is not only a talented actress, but also a successful writer. She has penned and published three books: Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm by Cattrall and her ex-husband, Mark Levinson (2002), Sexual Intelligence (2005) and Being a Girl: Navigating the Ups and Downs of Teen Life by Cattrall and Amy Briamonte (2006).

Cattrall has been married three times. Her first marriage to Larry Davis (May 31, 1977 - 1979) was annulled, her second marriage to audio designer Mark Levinson (September 4, 1998 - 2004) ended in divorce, as well as her third marriage to Andre J. Lyson (1982 - 1989). She was previously engaged to actor Daniel Benzali, and dated former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Cattrall has been dating Canadian chef Alan Wyse, who is 23 years her junior, since the summer of 2004.
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