Kim Cattrall

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Kim Cattrall
Kim Cattrall 2012 (cropped).jpg
Cattrall in February 2012
Born (1956-08-21) 21 August 1956 (age 57)
Mossley Hill, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Residence East Hampton, New York, US
Nationality English, Canadian
Alma mater London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
American Academy of Dramatic Arts
Occupation Actress
Years active 1975–present
Spouse(s) Larry Davis (1977–79)
Andre J. Lyson (1982–89)
Mark Levinson (1998–2004)
Parents Dennis Cattrall
Gladys Shane

Kim Victoria Cattrall (/kəˈtræl/; born 21 August 1956)[1] is an English-Canadian actress. She is known for her role as Samantha Jones in the HBO romantic comedy series Sex and the City (1998–2004), for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress (television) in 2003.

Cattrall made her film debut by appearing in Otto Preminger's 1975 film Rosebud. Films she has since starred in include Porky's (1982), Police Academy (1984), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Mannequin (1987), Masquerade (1988), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Sex and the City: The Movie (2008) and Sex and the City 2 (2010). For her role in the TV series of Sex and the City, she received five Emmy Award nominations, four Golden Globe Award nominations (one win) and won two ensemble Screen Actors Guild Awards, shared with her co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis.

Having made her Broadway debut in 1986 in Wild Honey, she returned in 2011 to star in a revival of Private Lives. Her other stage roles include Cleopatra in Antony & Cleopatra at the Liverpool Playhouse in 2010 and Alexandra Del Lago in Sweet Bird of Youth at the Old Vic, London in 2013.

In 2005, TV Guide ranked Cattrall number eight on its "50 Sexiest Stars of All Time" list.[2]

Early life[edit]

Cattrall was born in Mossley Hill, Liverpool, Lancashire.[3][4] Her mother, Gladys Shane (née Baugh), was a secretary, and her father, Dennis Cattrall, was a construction engineer.[5] When she was three months old, her family emigrated to the Canadian city of Courtenay in British Columbia. At 11 she returned to England when her grandmother became ill. She took a number of acting examinations with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA),[6] before returning to Canada at age 16 to finish high school.

Career[edit]

Cattrall began her career after graduating from high school in 1972, when she left Canada for New York City. There, she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and upon her graduation signed a five-year film deal with director Otto Preminger. She made her film debut in Preminger's Rosebud in 1975. A year later Universal Studios bought out that contract and Cattrall became one of the last participants in the contract player system of Universal (also referenced as MCA/Universal during this period) before the system ended in 1980. The Universal system's representative in New York, Eleanor Kilgallen (sister of Dorothy Kilgallen), cast Cattrall in numerous TV guest-star roles. One of the first jobs Kilgallen got her was in a 1977 episode of Quincy, M.E. starring Jack Klugman, whom Kilgallen also represented.

In 1978, Cattrall played the female lead in a two-hour episode of Columbo and also in Blindfold, one episode of the 1970s TV series Starsky and Hutch in which Starsky (played by Paul Michael Glaser) is grief-stricken since he accidentally blinded young artist Emily Harrison -her role- by a shot of his gun. She starred in The Bastard (1978) and The Rebels (1979), two television mini-series based on the John Jakes novels of the same nmes. In 1979 she played the role of Dr. Gabrielle White in The Incredible Hulk and would go down in TV Hulk lore as one of the few characters who knew David Banner (alter ego of the titular character) was alive and was the creature. Her work in television paid off and she quickly made the transition to cinema. She starred opposite Jack Lemmon in his Oscar-nominated film Tribute in 1980, and in Crossbar, the film about a high jumper who loses his leg and still participates in the Olympic trials, with Cattrall's help. The following year, she starred in the critically acclaimed Ticket to Heaven.

In 1982 Cattrall played P.E. teacher Miss Honeywell in Porky's, followed two years later by a role in the original Police Academy. In 1985 she starred in three films: Turk 182, City Limits and Hold-Up, the last with French star Jean-Paul Belmondo. In 1986, she played Kurt Russell's brainy flame in the action film Big Trouble in Little China. In 1987, her lead role in Mannequin proved a huge success with audiences. One of her best-known film roles is that of Lieutenant Valeris in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; Cattrall assisted in developing the character by designing her own hairstyle and even helped come up with the name. Near the end of filming, Cattrall had a photographer shoot a roll of film on the Enterprise bridge set, in which she wore nothing but her Vulcan ears. After finding out about the unauthorised photo session, Leonard Nimoy had the film destroyed.[7]

Aside from her film work, Cattrall is also a stage actress, with performances in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge and Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters and Wild Honey to her credit. In 1997, she was cast in Sex and the City, Darren Star's series which was broadcast on HBO. As Samantha Jones, Cattrall gained international recognition. She capitalised on her success by appearing in steamy television commercials promoting Pepsi One. She also signed a publishing deal to write a book about sex with her third husband, Mark Levinson. In addition, she can be heard reading the poetry of Rupert Brooke on the CD Red Rose Music SACD Sampler Volume One.

Her film work continued during Sex and the City when she appeared in the film, Crossroads. Sex and the City ended as a weekly series in spring 2004 with 10.6 million viewers. Cattrall reprised the role of Samantha Jones in the Sex and the City film, released on 30 May 2008. She also appeared in the sequel released in May 2010. She was nominated for 5 Emmy Awards[8] for her role in the show.

In 2005, she appeared in the Disney film Ice Princess, in which she played ice skating coach Tina Harwood of the film's lead character. She portrayed Claire, a paralysed woman who wants to die, in the West End drama revival of 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. Since late 2005, she has appeared in a number of British television commercials for Tetley Tea.[9] In July 2006, a commercial for Nissan cars, which featured Cattrall as Samantha Jones, was withdrawn from New Zealand television, apparently because of complaints about its innuendo.[10] In 2006, she starred alongside Brendan Gleeson in John Boorman's 2006 film The Tiger's Tail, a black comedy that focuses on the impact of the Celtic Tiger economy on Irish people. On ITV, she starred alongside David Haig, Daniel Radcliffe and Carey Mulligan in My Boy Jack, the story of author Rudyard Kipling's search for his son lost in the First World War.

In early 2009, Kim Cattrall played Amelia Bly in Roman Polanski's well received The Ghost Writer, which was released in 2010. On 16 June 2009, it was announced that Cattrall would receive a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto. The induction ceremony was held on 12 September 2009.[11] In November 2009 whilst filming Sex and the City 2 in Marrakech, Morocco, she took part in a seminar, 'Being directed' with Director John Boorman as part of the 3rd Edition of the Arts in Marrakech Festival.[12]

On 24 February 2010, Cattrall began a critically acclaimed run in the West End of London at the Vaudeville Theatre as leading lady, Amanda, opposite Matthew Macfadyen, almost twenty years her junior, in a revival of Noël Coward's play Private Lives. She performed until 3 May 2010. In the same year Cattrall starred as Gloria Scabius (alongside Macfadyen once again) in the critically acclaimed Channel 4 adaptation of William Boyd's Novel Any Human Heart.

Cattrall played Cleopatra in a production of Antony and Cleopatra, directed by Janet Suzman, opposite Jeffery Kissoon as Anthony, in Liverpool at the Playhouse[13] in October 2010, with a subsequent revival at Chichester Festival Theatre (with Michael Pennington as Anthony) in September 2012.[14]

In 2010, Cattrall was named an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University in recognition of her contributions to the dramatic arts.[15]

In 2011, Cattrall reprised her role as Amanda in a production of Noël Coward's Private Lives opposite Canadian actor Paul Gross in Toronto, Canada and on Broadway.[16] That year, Cattrall also appeared in "Uptown Downstairs Abbey", the Comic Relief parody of the critically acclaimed historical television dramas Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs. Playing Lady Grantham, she starred alongside Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Victoria Wood, Harry Enfield, Patrick Barlow, Dale Winton, Olivia Colman, Tim Vine, Simon Callow, Michael Gambon and Harry Hill.

From June to August 2013, Cattrall is scheduled to star in the Old Vic's production of Tennessee Williams's Sweet Bird of Youth, directed by Olivier Award-winner Marianne Elliott.

Personal life[edit]

Cattrall at the HBO party after the 1999 Emmy Awards

Cattrall has been married three times. Her 1977 to 1979 marriage to Larry Davis was annulled. Her second marriage was from 1982 to 1989 to Andre J. Lyson; with whom she lived in Frankfurt and learned to speak German fluently, but admits she has forgotten a lot over the years.[17][18][19]

From 1998 to 2004 she was married to audio designer and jazz bassist, Mark Levinson. The two co-wrote the 2002 book Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm.[20]

Cattrall also has been linked with former Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, actor Daniel Benzali, musician Gerald Casale of the new wave group Devo, French public intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy, and her Whose Life Is It Anyway? co-star, Alexander Siddig.[21] She currently lives in New York and in an East Hampton, New York, waterfront home.

In 2007, Cattrall revealed that in December 1988 she had been booked on Pan Am Flight 103, the aeroplane which crashed in Lockerbie, Scotland, after a terrorist bomb was detonated during the flight. She cancelled her booking on the flight at the last minute to complete some Christmas shopping in London.[22]

She holds dual British and Canadian citizenship. In a 2011 interview on the Canadian radio show Q, Cattrall stated that reports that she became a US citizen in 2008 are incorrect.[23] In a 2010 interview with British journalist Sophy Grimshaw, Cattrall also stated, "It's been falsely reported on the net many times that I became an American citizen, which I have not. I love America, I love New York, but I will never give up who I am. I'm not an American."[24]

In August 2009, Cattrall took part in the BBC One documentary series Who Do You Think You Are?, where she discovered some uncomfortable facts about her grandfather, George Baugh. Baugh, who disappeared in 1938, having abandoned his family – including Cattrall's then 8-year-old mother and two younger sisters – turned out to have bigamously married his new wife, Isabella Oliver, the following year in Tudhoe, County Durham, and subsequently had another four children. She was told that in 1961 he emigrated to Australia, where he became a postmaster, retiring in 1972 and dying in Sydney in 1974.[25] Cattrall's mother and aunts had known nothing of their father's life after he left until they heard what the "Who Do You Think You Are?" researchers had discovered, nor had the family previously seen a clear photograph of him. An edited version of the episode was later shown as a part of the U.S. series of the same name.

Cattrall is an avid supporter of Liverpool F.C.[26]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1975 Rosebud Joyce Donnovan
1976 Dead on Target Secretary Uncredited; television film
1977 Good Against Evil Linday Isley Television film
1977 Deadly Harvest Susan Franklin
1978 Bastard, TheThe Bastard Anne Ware Television film
1979 Night Rider, TheThe Night Rider Regina Kenton Television film
1979 Rebels, TheThe Rebels Anne Kent Television film
1979 Crossbar Katie Barlow Television film
1980 Gossip Columnist, TheThe Gossip Columnist Dina Moran Television film
1980 Tribute Sally Haines
1981 Ticket to Heaven Ruthie
1982 Porky's Miss Lynn "Lassie" Honeywell
1984 Police Academy Cadet Karen Thompson
1984 Sins of the Past Paula Bennett Television film
1985 Turk 182 Danny Boudreau
1985 City Limits Wickings
1985 Hold-Up Lise
1986 Big Trouble in Little China Gracie Law
1987 Mannequin Ema "Emmy" Hesire
1988 Masquerade Brooke Morrison
1988 Midnight Crossing Alexa Schubb
1988 Palais Royale Odessa Muldoon
1989 Return of the Musketeers, TheThe Return of the Musketeers Justine de Winter
1989 famiglia Buonanotte, LaLa famiglia Buonanotte Aunt Eva
1989 Honeymoon Academy Chris
1990 Bonfire of the Vanities, TheThe Bonfire of the Vanities Judy McCoy
1991 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Lieutenant Valeris
1992 Split Second Michelle McLaine
1992 Miracle in the Wilderness Dora Adams Television film
1992 Double Vision Caroline/Lisa Television film
1993 Running Delilah Christina/Delilah Television film
1994 Breaking Point Allison Meadows
1994 Two Golden Balls Sydnie Television film
1995 Above Suspicion Gail Cain
1995 Heidi Chronicles, TheThe Heidi Chronicles Susan Television film
1995 Live Nude Girls Jamie
1996 Unforgettable Kelly
1996 Where Truth Lies Racquel Chambers
1996 Every Woman's Dream Liz Wells Television film
1997 Exception to the Rule Carla Rainer
1997 Invasion Dr. Sheila Moran Television film
1998 Modern Vampires Ulrike
1998 Creature Dr. Amanda Mayson Television film
1999 Baby Geniuses Robin
1999 36 Hours to Die Kim Stone Television film
2001 15 Minutes Cassandra
2002 Crossroads Caroline Wagner
2003 Shortcut to Happiness Constance Hurry
2005 Ice Princess Tina Harwood
2005 Kim Cattrall: Sexual Intelligence Herself Television documentary film; also executive producer
2006 Tiger's Tail, TheThe Tiger's Tail Jane O'Leary
2007 My Boy Jack Caroline Kipling Television film
2008 Sex and the City Samantha Jones
2010 Ghost Writer, TheThe Ghost Writer Amelia Bly
2010 Meet Monica Velour Monica Velour
2010 Sex and the City 2 Samantha Jones
2011 Uptown Downstairs Abbey Countess of Grantham Aired during the Red Nose Day 2011 telethon
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1977 Quincy, M.E. Joy DeReatis Episode: "Let Me Light the Way"
1977 Logan's Run Rama II Episode: "Half Life"
1977 Switch Captain Judith Pierce Episode: "Dancer"
1977 What Really Happened to the Class of '65? Cynthia Episode: "The Girl Nobody Knew"
1978 Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, TheThe Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Marie Claire 2 episodes
1978 Columbo Joanne Nicholls Episode: "How to Dial a Murder"
1978 Starsky & Hutch Emily Harrison Episode: "Blindfold"
1978 Paper Chase, TheThe Paper Chase Karen Clayton Episode: "Da Da"
1978 Family Susan Madison Episode: "Just Friends"
1979 Incredible Hulk, TheThe Incredible Hulk Dr. Gabrielle White Episode: "Kindred Spirits"
1979 How the West Was Won Dolores Episode: "The Slavers"
1979 Vega$ Princess Zara Episode: "The Visitor"
1979 Charlie's Angels Sharon Kellerman Episode: "Angels at the Altar"
1979 Trapper John, M.D. Princess Allya Episode: "The Surrogate"
1980 Scruples Melanie Adams Miniseries; 3 episodes
1980 Hagen Carol Sawyer Episode: "Nightmare"
1982 Trapper John, M.D. Amy West Episode: "You Pays Your Money"
1983 Tales of the Gold Monkey Whitney Bunting Episode: "Naka Jima Kill"
1993 Wild Palms Paige Katz Miniseries; 5 episodes
1993 Angel Falls Genna Harrison Main cast; 6 episodes
1994 Dream On Jeannie Episode: "The Homecoming Queen"
1995 Tom Clancy's Op Center Jane Hood Miniseries; 2 episodes
1997 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Rebecca Highfield Episode: "Re-generation"
1997 Rugrats Melinda Finster Voice; episode: "Mother's Day"
1997 Duckman Tami Margulies Voice; episode: "The Tami Show"
1998–2004 Sex and the City Samantha Jones Main cast; 94 episodes
2004 Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons Chloe Talbot Voice; episode: "She Used to Be My Girl"
2007 Sunday Night Project, TheThe Sunday Night Project Herself Guest host; series 5, episode 13
2009–2011 Producing Parker Dee Voice; 26 episodes
2009 Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) Herself Episode: "Kim Cattrall"
2009 Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons Fourth Simpsons child Voice; episode: "O Brother, Where Bart Thou?"
2010 Any Human Heart Gloria Scabius Miniseries; 2 episodes
2011 Who Do You Think You Are? (U.S.) Herself Episode: "Kim Cattrall"
2014 Sensitive Skin Davina Jackson Main cast; upcoming series

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1982 Genie Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Ticket to Heaven Nominated
1991 Golden Raspberry Award Worst Supporting Actress Bonfire of the Vanities, TheThe Bonfire of the Vanities Nominated
1999 Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Award Lucy Award (shared with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon)[27] Sex and the City Won
2000 Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Sex and the City Nominated
2000 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Sex and the City Nominated
2001 Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Sex and the City Nominated
2001 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (shared with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon) Sex and the City Nominated
2001 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Sex and the City Nominated
2002 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Sex and the City Nominated
2002 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (shared with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon) Sex and the City Won
2002 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Sex and the City Nominated
2003 Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Sex and the City Won
2003 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Sex and the City Nominated
2003 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (shared with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon) Sex and the City Nominated
2003 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Sex and the City Nominated
2004 Golden Satellite Award Best Supporting Actress – Television Series Sex and the City Nominated
2004 Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Sex and the City Nominated
2004 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (shared with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon) Sex and the City Won
2004 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Sex and the City Nominated
2005 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (shared with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon) Sex and the City Nominated
2006 Gemini Award Best Host or Interviewer in a General/Human Interest or Talk Program or Series Kim Cattrall: Sexual Intelligence Nominated
2009 People's Choice Award Favorite Cast (shared with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, and Chris Noth) Sex and the City Nominated
2011 Golden Raspberry Award Worst Actress (shared with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon)[28] Sex and the City 2 Won
2011 GLAAD Media Award Golden Gate Award Won
2013 Canadian Screen Award Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series Producing Parker Nominated

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