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Kim Cattrall claims ‘stress’ from Sex and the City role ruined her third marriage

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Kim Cattrall is set to reprise her iconic role in the Sex and the City reboot, And Just Like That.

However, the British-Canadian actress, 66, has revealed her role on the hit show is what ultimately broke up her third marriage. 

Cattrall opened up to The Times about how playing Samantha Jones on the HBO series put significant “stress on the marriage”. 

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“I can’t pretend our divorce was amicable. It was tough and nasty,” she told the publication.

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Kim Cattrall has been married three times. (Getty)

While Cattrall has had a somewhat turbulent dating history, the Sex and City alum has shared that she is happily in a new relationship after not expecting to find love again. 

So, let’s take a look back at the actress’ dating history, including all three of her previous marriages.

Larry Davis

The Golden Globe-winning actress was first linked to Canadian writer Larry Davis in her early twenties. 

The pair married in 1977, but their relationship was short-lived – the marriage was annulled in 1979, just two years later. Cattrall revealed to Express the reason behind the divorce was she was simply “far too young to be married”. 

Not much is known about Davis since his split from the Ice Princess actress. 

Pierre Trudeau

Cattrall is believed to have been in a brief relationship with the former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

The actress spoke to Macleans in 1981 about her encounter with the Canadian politician. 

“I asked myself, ‘How do you go about getting a date with the prime minister?’ and then I just decided to call him up and ask for one,” she said. 

Former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau with Cattrall. (Toronto Star via Getty Images)

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While the relationship did not last very long, CBS hilariously misidentified Cattrall as Trudeau’s ex-wife Margaret – with whom he shares son Justin Trudeau – in a 2016 episode of 60 Minutes.

Cattrall took the mix-up in good humour, sharing the photo to her social media and tweeting, “I have a son who is the Prime Minister of Canada? I couldn’t be more proud”. 

Andre J. Lyson

After divorcing her first husband, Cattrall found love again with German architect, Andre J. Lyson. 

The Emmy-nominated actress said ‘I do’ to Lyson in 1982. 

Cattrall packed her bags and moved to Frankfurt with Lyson. She apparently even picked up some German, learning to speak the language fluently during her time living overseas. 

Cattrall with second husband Andre J. Lyson in 1987. (Ron Galella Collection via Getty)

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However, Cattrall was working hard to make it as an actress in America during her marriage to Lyson. During the ’80s, she appeared in films such as Hold Up, Masquerade and Turk 182

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Cattrall told Express the distance was ultimately “too great” for the marriage to last. 

“He was in Germany and I was in America for too much of the time”, she explained. 

Cattrall and Lyson called it quits after seven years of marriage, divorcing in 1989. 

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Mark Levinson

Third time’s a charm?

Cattrall married American audio equipment designer Mark Levinson in 1998 – the same year she booked her breakout role as man-eater Samantha Jones in Sex and The City

Levinson even co-authored Cattrall’s self-help book, Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm in 2002, during their marriage. 

Two years after the book was released, Cattrall and Levinson went their separate ways. 

They finalised their divorce in 2004 after six years of marriage. 

Kim Cattrall and Mark Levinson attend the 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 23, 2000 (Ron Galella Collection via Getty)

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In 2016, Cattrall told news.com.au her role on Sex and The City is what ultimately “cost” her her third marriage. 

“I was never home”, she revealed, explaining Levinson was “lonely and upset and competitive” over her intense working hours on set. 

“You end up spending more time with my Sex and the City family than I did with my real family,” Cattrall said. 

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Bruce Willis

After her third marriage ended, Cattrall was in several relationships.

The most famous of her reported ‘exes’ is none other than Hollywood action star, Bruce Willis. The pair first worked together on the film The Bonfire of the Vanities in 1990. 

In 2000, Willis split from his wife of thirteen years, Demi Moore. 

Bruce Willis attends the "Glass" NY Premiere at SVA Theater on January 15, 2019 in New York City.
Cattrall reportedly dated Bruce Willis after her third marriage ended. (Getty)

Cattrall had just called it quits with Levinson when she reportedly met with Willis at a party in July 2003. 

After this run-in, the couple were linked romantically and rumoured to be dating, though neither confirmed their relationship. 

Russell Thomas

Cattrall has found love again! 

The Sex and the City star has been happily dating her Canadian boyfriend, Russell Thomas, since 2016.

The 50-year-old audio engineer, who Cattrall affectionately calls “Russ”, is 14 years younger than the actress.

Cattrall told The Times the lovebirds met when she wrote an essay on insomnia that was recorded by BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. 

The actress is now happily in a relationship with Russell Thomas. (Dave Benett/Getty Images for The)

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The actress revealed she found Thomas “just lovely”, and even flew to visit the audio engineer in Canada. 

While Cattrall describes their lives as “so separate and so different”, the pandemic quickly changed that as the loved-up couple decided to spend quarantine together. 

Cattrall admits being stuck together during COVID was “a true test of any relationship”, however it has only made them closer. 

The pair are as in love as ever and now live their lives between New York, Canada and London. 

“It’s a nice life”, Cattrall told The Times

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