Kim Cattrall Was Almost the Victim of a Terrorist Attack

To many people, she’s the saucy Samantha from the HBO classic Sex and the City. But Kim Cattrall is an actor who has appeared in a wide variety of roles for decades, and has the stories that come with those experiences.

Actress Kim Cattrall attends the photocall for the film 'Meet Monica Velour' during the 36th Deauville American Film Festival on September 11, 2010 in Deauville, France.
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Kim Cattrall recently became a US citizen

Kim Cattrall was born in England and raised in Canada, and for most of her life she held British and Canadian citizenship. In 2020, however, Cattrall decided she wanted to become a citizen of the country she’s lived and worked in for decades.

In an appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan, Cattrall discussed her reasoning for going through with the process of being a US citizen. Her rush to become a citizen this year was simple: “So I can vote in this election.”

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Kim Cattrall narrowly avoided a deadly flight

With US citizenship comes a US passport, and Cattrall is no stranger to globetrotting. She spent much of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada to be closer to family, including her mother who is in a seniors’ facility. But she came back to her adopted city of New York in August to go through with the citizenship proceedings.

As someone who’s traveled a lot, Cattrall also has plenty of stories from her years of flying from point A to point B. She recently stopped by The Kelly Clarkson Show to discuss her new show Filthy Rich and much more.

Clarkson asked Cattrall about one story she had heard, and wanted to know more.

“I was in London and I was finishing up a film,” Cattral recalled. “I was booked on Pan Am Flight 103 to go back to New York and then to Los Angeles, where I was living at the time,” she said. Pan Am Flight 103 went down in a bombing that remains the deadliest terrorist attack in UK history to this day.

Cattrall’s mother begged her to buy her a specific teapot for Christmas before she got on her flight back to the US. She changed her flight to a different one 45 minutes later so she could take the time for the shopping detour to get the teapot.

“I got on the later flight, and then when we landed in New York, people started to say, ‘Did you hear what happened to the flight? It went down,'” she remembered.

Kim Cattrall
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Kim Cattrall’s mom said shopping saved her life

The experience obviously moved Cattrall and made her think about what could have been. “It was so unreal,” she said solemnly. “You can’t imagine that you were that close to just doing something as simple as getting on a plane and going home that that would be the last trip that you would take.”

Cattrall’s mother, ever the optimist, told her that if she hadn’t taken time to go shopping for her teapot and booked a later flight, she would have been one of the nearly 300 victims of the fateful Pan Am flight.

“She said to me, and it’s true, ‘Shopping did save your life in this instance,'” Cattrall laughed. “Not that I need encouragement, but it’s true!”