On Saturday, August 21, 2021, Kim Catrall, a British-Canadian actress, turns 65 years old. Although she is best remembered for her role as Samantha Jones in the Sex and the City television series, the Hollywood legend has worked in many other films. After her appearance in Mannequin, an Andrew McCarthy romance film that made her a cult celebrity in 1980, she was still adored. However, she was Gracie Law a year prior to the film’s release.
Cattrall was Gracie in John Carpenter’s cult classic movie Big Trouble In Little China.
Kurt Russell starred alongside her in this thrilling fantasy film, in which she battled against evil forces in San Francisco’s Chinatown.
After Carpenter’s performances in The Thing, Escape from New York, and Elvis, Russell was doing a short stint alongside Carpenter. Carpenter was Cattrall’s first collaboration.
Big Trouble in Little China was given a substantial $19-25M budget. However, it failed to make a profit and earned just $11.1 Million.
Cattrall later revealed that she worked around the clock for years to be on stage.
Cattrall stated that in 2013, she left the Big Trouble set in Little China each day at 4:30pm to perform Three Sisters in a local theater.
Her studio bosses had to be told who Anton Chekhov was, she said.
Star said, “My movie career subsist my theatre career.”
“If I had only done theatre, I’d have to be a waitress… which I did not want to do.” (Via Metro).
Cattrall’s drive to succeed is evident in her work ethic. Her parents are from Liverpool, where Cattrall was born.
Cattrall, speaking in 2019, recalled that her parents had a great influence on who she is today. Mum was a secretary, and Dad was a contractor engineer. My parents were real grafters, scousers and immigrated to Canada as babies.
My dad always told me that you could do everything. “I grew up believing that, if my dad believed in me and I was capable of doing anything I set my mind to, then I would be able to do any task I wanted.” (Via The Guardian
Although she became an actor and a Hollywood star in the 1980s, the actress was still pressured to succeed for her grandmother and mother.
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Cattrall stated in the interview that “my mother’s childhood had been shockingly dramatic.” My grandmother was left in severe poverty by her father, and she struggled to raise three children.
“As I get older, that has inspired me to write stories about real women who need to survive, but aren’t Superwoman like my grandmother.”
She was passionate about her confession and said: “The tragedies of my life continue to mold me.
“Now, I do not want to spend any time in an environment where I am unhappy. Personally and professionally, I choose the people I am going to spend my time with. This is my life.
My dad died seven years ago from Alzheimer’s. Mum just turned 90. “I’ve come to realize that there is only so much time.”
Cattrall, despite her modest beginnings has been able to rub shoulders with elite members of society.
Elle confessed that she was mistakenly identified as Justin Trudeau’s mom on 60 Minutes, when her picture was flashed instead of hers.
I dated his father for a short time. Justin presented me to my mum at an event a few weeks later and stated: “Meet your mother Kim Cattrall!”
Publication: Sat 21 August 2021, 06:27:30 +0000