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    Some things I can never forgive.

    My grandfather was a bigamist. He disappeared from the family home when my mother was eight, leaving the family to live in severe poverty in the Toxteth area of Liverpool. Things got so bad that they were reduced to begging outside pubs to get money to buy food. They were destitute. It was always assumed that he’d done something romantic like run off to join the Foreign Legion. In fact he was living just 30 miles up the road, remarried, with three children. The truth only came to light last year when the TV show Who Do You Think You Are? looked into my family history. The news shocked us all to the core. No one could ever have imagined that he was capable of doing something so selfish and irresponsible. I still find it impossible to comprehend and I can’t bring myself to forgive such a disgusting, despicable act.
    Growing up poor taught me the real value of money and possessions.

    My mum was raised in extreme poverty. She would drink tea from jam jars because she couldn’t afford to buy cups. To make socks she would cut off the arms of sweaters. But she made sure that I never grew up thinking I was poor. We often went without, but there were always clothes on our backs and food on the table. I’ve grown up with a genuine hatred of wasting money. I’m not tight and I’d like to think I’m generous when it comes to the needs of friends and family. But I live very simply. My only extravagances are a few pieces of antique furniture.


    'People are so disappointed when they realise I'm not actually Samantha Jones. In some ways it's a great tribute to the character that people think of her as real,' said Kim (above in Sex and the City 2)
    Sometimes it pays to be wrong.

    I turned down the role of Samantha in Sex And The City three times. I’d read the book and threw it across the room because I found it so depressing. Then I was offered the part, read it again, and still didn’t think it was for me. I just didn’t care for the characters. It was only after numerous meetings that they convinced me Samantha wasn’t a silly two-dimensional character and I finally said yes.




    Being a tough businesswoman comes naturally to me.

    I needed to be tough to negotiate my contract on Sex And The City. When the show started I was only paid for the TV episodes. Then it became a DVD phenomenon and I needed to fight for my share of those profits. It wasn’t about being hard-nosed. It was about following the principles my parents instilled in me.
    Sex And The City made me financially set.

    It put me in a position where I only have to say yes to things that I really want to do. That’s rare, not just in my profession, but in any area of life. It makes me feel blessed.


    'My mum insists that my greatest performance was in a Tetley tea advert on the telly. Maybe that's because she received a lot of free tea bags and a big box of cuddly toy dwarves,' said Kim
    Jack Lemmon gave me the best advice.

    We were working on the 1980 movie Tribute together. Talking in his trailer one day he said to me, ‘Always do the things that frighten you.’ Since then, whether it’s Noël Coward’s Private Lives in the West End or doing a small-budget movie like Meet Monica Velour, I’ve been willing to take on roles that are out of my comfort zone. Cleopatra is the latest of these. How could I miss out on the chance of playing such a consummate icon?
    My mum insists that my greatest performance was in a Tetley tea advert on the telly.

    Maybe that’s because she received a lot of free tea bags and a big box of cuddly toy dwarves.
    The downside of fame is drunks demanding a picture with me.

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    I try not to be rude to fans, but I need to have boundaries. Recently I was enjoying a quiet lunch in Liverpool with a friend I hadn’t seen in a long while. This guy approaches our table, clearly the worse for drink. He says, ‘C’mon, stand up – I want a photo with you.’ My response to that was, ‘I won’t do it. I’m not working right now. This is my time.’ I don’t like to be put in a position where I’m made to feel like I’ve just arrived in Disneyland dressed as Mickey Mouse and my duty is to pose with complete strangers.




    The city is a big part of who I am. It goes very deep with me. Liverpool has always been a tough city to live in, but the people, particularly the women, have a remarkable resilience. The famous Scouse sense of humour has always been an effective release from the hardships people have endured. Football has also been a great escape. I’m a proud supporter of Liverpool FC. Whenever I hear You’ll Never Walk Alone I get highly emotional. But I don’t follow the game as closely as my dad does. Sadly he’s in a home now, suffering from dementia. When Liverpool are on the telly he’ll sit there with his scarf and mug, on his Steven Gerrard pillow.
    People are so disappointed when they realise I’m not actually Samantha Jones.

    In some ways it’s a great tribute to the character that people think of her as real. But that’s no consolation when I walk into a grocery store to buy apples and people want to talk to me about the female orgasm or what it’s like to fight cancer. When I travel on the London Underground these days, I tend to wear a hat pulled down over my eyes.


    I’d take a night out with Paul O’Grady and Cilla Black over a glitzy Hollywood lunch any day of the week.

    I’ve known Paul for a long time and I completely adore him. And Cilla Black’s pure Liverpool. She came to see me in Private Lives. She was saying to me in her thick Scouse accent, ‘I sent my kids to these posh schools and now I can’t understand a bloody word they say.’ Being with people like Cilla reminds me that Liverpool people are my tribe. I’m not Canadian. I’m not American. I’m a Scouser through and through.

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    Thanx 4 sharing.

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