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15 years Later: ‘Sex & the City’ and Childfree, Sexy Samantha & Kim

Any woman who devoted 94 Sunday evenings hooked into the “lives” of Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbes and Charlotte York and Samantha Jones just learned how fast time flies. As of June 6, 2013, it’s been 15 years since the premiere of Sex & the City (SATC) on HBO. The show has become so iconic that it’s as prominent on the network’s website as it ever was.

TV, even on cable, had never seen women talk about sex (or do it) with such gusto and so regularly. The power of girlfriendship, and its ups and downs, had rarely been so realistically portrayed. Their love for New York City, and and fashion, was contagious, and the representation of real-life dating woes felt true.

Each actress – Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall, respectively – was assigned a meme and embodied it exquisitely. For all the grumping during the show’s early days about over-the-top extremes and a Manhattan with rare ethnic diversity, most viewers recognized the authenticity of the ladies’ archetypes: A talented, questioning, flighty woman-girl. A preppy rule-follower. The conservative, ‘Things are either right or wrong’ thinker. The sex-obsessed bombshell.

The 4 actresses became mega-stars, and the show was cancelled after 6 seasons in 2004. Ms. Parker married  and became a mother of three. Ms. Nixon, a mom of 2 with her former husband, legally wed her longtime girlfriend in 2012 who gave birth to a son. Mirroring her SATC self, Ms. Davis adopted a baby girl. And Ms. Cattrall, known to be child-free by choice, has had a Samantha-ish 2 divorces and 1 annulment.

Samantha didn’t just have sex with abandon. Anybody can do that. She wasn’t a ‘happy hooker’ type, but a stylish, exuberantly sexual being confused by others’ self-imposed limits. Decidedly anti-child, Samantha also taught viewers about higher risks of breast cancer in women who have never given birth. She put a beautiful, if sweaty, face to menopause.

Last May, Ms. Cattrall confirmed that she’s agreed to play Samantha yet again, this time during the second season of the CW Network’s SATC prequel, The Carrie DiariesShe’s also preparing to hit the London stage as Alexandra Del Lago, an aging Hollywood star suffering a failed comeback in Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth, Ms. Cattrall recently outlined NotMom aspects of that role, and her life, to the UK’s Daily Mail:

“In the play there is never a mention of Alexandra wanting to have children, but she is a career woman, and I don’t think that she would have really wanted to be a mother. Her creations were her children. She gives this wonderful speech where she says to Chance: ‘Look at you, what have you done with your life? And look at me, out of the torment and excruciating experiences that I have had in my life, I have sculpted something.’

“A lot of artists feel that way about their creations – that they are almost like a sculpture that you can look at and get satisfaction from, much as you would at your children. You are the bearer of them – those creations live within your head and your heart, and you celebrate them when they have triumphs, and you mourn them when they are killed, when it comes to an end.

“There are many ways to be a mother. I mentor a lot of young actors, and my nieces and nephews need a lot of love.”

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