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Kim Cattrall's Vancouver
by Mark Seal
Join the sultry HBO star for a winter
weekend in her cosmopolitan Canadian hometown.
Kim Cattrall, who plays sultry Samantha Jones in the HBO comedy
smash Sex and the City, was just a baby when her parents immigrated
. Sixteen years later, the rising star
studied acting at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New
York, but returned to Vancouver six months later. Her first
professional stage performance was at a local
doughnut-shop-turned-lunchtime-theater, where she earned a total of
$75 for the show's run, and supported herself with various waitress
jobs on the side. Still, Cattrall remembers those years in
Vancouver as "a very cherished time." Her struggles soon paid off
when she snagged a Universal Studios contract, which led to roles
in television and films. Today, the actress lives in New York and
Long Island Sound with her husband, audio entrepreneur Mark
Levinson, but regularly visits her family back in Vancouver. This
month, don't miss Cattrall's new book, Satisfaction (Warner Books),
which she wrote with her husband, or the six "bonus" episodes from
the fourth season of her award-winning series premiering January 6.
For now, tag along as the actress takes you on a guided tour of her
hometown - indoors and out.
"I'm a big fan of The Sutton Place Hotel, which has a hotel part
and an apartment part with full kitchens. I like the location, too.
It's very central, right downtown with a lot of shopping nearby. It
has a great bar called the Gerard Lounge, which is like a French
bistro. I also like the old Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Some of the
rooms have fantastic views. It was one of the original
Canadian/Pacific hotels built around the turn of the century. I
have a kind of nationalistic attachment to that hotel. And, of
course, there's the Westin Bayshore, which is right on the harbor.
It's quite famous because it's where Howard Hughes stayed for a
time. You're enveloped in the best of British Columbia
mountains and the water, at the Bayshore."
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