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Kim Cattrall: What Happened to 'Sex and the City's Samantha Jones?'

Samir Hussein/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For years, Kim Cattrall attracted a huge fan base on Sex and the City with her portrayal of Samantha Jones, a shamelessly confident "cougar" who wasn't afraid to take her sexuality by the reins. Known for her raunchy quips and one-night stands, Samantha became a favorite with viewers.

And for a while, Kim Cattrall capitalized on the message of sexual freedom her character stood for. In 2003, she released a how-to book with then husband Mark Levinson called Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm. In 2006, the year after Sex and the City ended, Cattrall followed up with Sexual Intelligence, a coffee table book, and an HBO documentary of the same name. It seemed as if Kim Cattrall and Samantha Jones were one and the same, until recently.

At the March 29 premiere of her recent indie movie, Meet Monica Velour, in which Cattrall plays a former adult film star who turns to stripping to pay the bills, she reportedly went on a red carpet tirade, lashing out at several female reporters at New York's Landmark Theater. When a New York Post reporter asked her about a story that she had gotten a bikini wax earlier that day, Cattrall said, "That's a stupid question." She then told a Page Six reporter that being a gossip columnist wasn't a "respectable job," suggesting that she work for Reuters or write a blog.

After Keith Bearden, Meet Monica Velour's director, told reporters about an embarrassing moment on the set in which Cattrall's 21-year-old co-star Dustin Ingram reportedly got aroused during a steamy kissing scene, the New York Daily News tried to get Cattrall to comment. But she claimed not to know what the director was talking about, retorting, "You know, as a woman, I really find those questions offensive."

The media has gone into a frenzy, questioning whether the actress, who once channeled the easygoing and sex-driven Samantha Jones, had gone prude on everyone.

And a sudden reserve is not the only apparent break with her Sex and the City character: Samantha never had any qualms about aging, but 54-year-old Cattrall told the New York Post, "Do you know what it's like to be 54 and marginalized? It doesn't get easier as you get older."

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