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Cattrall's 'Private Lives'

"It's going to be a very butch 'Private Lives.' "

That's exactly what the gorgeous Kim Cattrall told me about her coming November opening on Broadway in Noel Coward's greatest play about warring former spouses in the glamorous Art Deco '30s. I do mean "Private Lives," which Kim made the talk of the London stage in recent months.

This elegant, bold comedy has been done by everyone from Gertrude Lawrence to Tallulah Bankhead to Maggie Smith to, yes -- Elizabeth Taylor. But I understand it's never been done better than by Kim -- dubbed television's hottest sex symbol in the legendary "Sex and the City" before successfully turning herself into a serious actress with a British background in London for months on end. (Well, she was born in Liverpool!)

I had my talk with Miss Cattrall at the recent luncheon for "The King's Speech." (Everybody came over to hug and kiss Kim and give her a pat.) I have always been Kim's big fan, judging her work as the overwhelming sex bomb of single girls in New York -- and not always so attractive -- as a real sleight of hand by an artist who isn't afraid to take a chance.

It was kind of thrilling to have this lovely person run across the room to embrace me. Every man present was sighing heavily. Kim looks fabulous these days, slim, trim, blonde, caramel colored and so refined. If she seemed less voluptuous than usual, my guy Denis Ferrara, also her admirer, observed that Kim's "poitrine" is as "belle" as ever.

The last time we spoke with Kim she was in London's West End doing Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra." At the time, she hinted, heavily, that her much-praised "Private Lives" would come to New York. Kim had been in England honing her stage skills for more than a year, but at the time she said, "You can't quote me!" So, now I can.

Kim thinks "Private Lives" is a "very heterosexual glimpse at certain relationships." She emphasized this because Noel Coward was famously homosexual, but he wrote from the point of view of what was acceptable at the time -- straight relationships. "It's not as fey as people think," said Kim, speaking of the witty material. ("Private Lives" will bow in Toronto before Broadway.)

Kim is also excited about her coming PBS series, "Any Human Heart," which is based on the writing of William Boyd. The story concerns a man named Logan Mountstuart, who is a pivotal observer of great 20th-century happenings. Jim Broadbent, Sam Claflin and Matthew Macfadyen join Kim in this endeavor. (Mr. Macfadyen was Kim's co-star on the London stage in "Private Lives." She adores him and is sad he won't be able to join her when she takes Amanda and Elyot to Broadway. We'll see what big name male steps in for him.)

Kim will portray one of Logan Mountstuart's many lovers. The actress also has a movie about to be released, "Meet Monica Velour." She says: "I did it two years ago, and I love it. But it is one of those little indie things that needs love and attention and money!"

And hear this, "Sex and the City" fans -- don't hold your breath for a third big-screen adventure. Kim rolled her eyes and said, "After the last reviews, maybe we should let it alone now ..."

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