Posted on February 16, 2011
Famous Faces: Kim Cattrall
It’s surprising to some and common knowledge to many, but Vancouver Island has been home at one point or another to many famous actors, musicians, athletes and artists. Much like the Island Profile series, this new Famous Faces series will profile some of these icons of our time and pioneers of our past.
Though she first captured my attention as the feisty and nosy lawyer Gracie Law in John Carpenter’s Big Trouble In Little China, Kim Cattrall is perhaps more widely known as the insatiable Samantha Jones on HBO’s Sex and the City. Born in Liverpool, England and now an international symbol of female empowerment and independence, much of Kim’s adolescent years were spent in the then sleepy town of Courtenay.
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Kim Cattrall’s draw to acting started at a young age, and much of her time in high school was spent focused on her craft. When she wasn’t on stage, she could be seen wandering the halls of G.P. Vanier Secondary School with other students from the drama department. After a summer in New York City at an acting camp, Kim graduated from Vanier in the early ’70s – in my own mother’s graduating class, no less – and left the Comox Valley to pursue her passion.
Nabbing a Genie a few years later for her work in Ticket to Heaven, Kim’s career quickly gained speed and she was featured in a film every single year throughout the ’80s and ’90s. Kim appeared in everything from Porky’s and Police Academy to Mannequin and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Her big break no doubt came when she was cast as part of Sex and the City‘s fierce foursome, pounding the New York City pavement in their Manolo Blahniks.
Aside from her vast body of film work, Kim is also a successful author, co-penning Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm with her then-husband, Mark Levinson, in 2002. Kim went on to host a documentary based on the book, educating women on the beauty of how their bodies work.
Today this award-winning and accomplished actress shows no signs of slowing down. However, when she’s not in front of the cameras, Kim can still sometimes be spotted in the Comox Valley area visiting family. In fact, it wasn’t too long ago that Kim was spotted hitting the rink at the local recreation centre over the holidays.