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Two aging screen sirens won't be "telling all" any time soon.

Dyan Cannon, 68, and Margot Kidder, 56, are being sued for not repaying the advances on their memoirs after inking deals then failing to deliver.

HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster filed suits against the actresses the same week last month in Manhattan Supreme Court.

HarperCollins is demanding $21,000 from Cannon - the alleged unpaid balance on its $62,500 advance; Simon & Schuster is telling Kidder to fork over $48,800 - what allegedly remains on its $55,000 advance.

Cannon's tome, "No More Idols," had been billed as detailing for the first time the "Heaven Can Wait" star's "marriage to Cary Grant, nervous breakdown, and search for salvation."

When she failed to deliver, HarperCollins let her repay her advance in monthly installments, which she did beginning in 2002. But in February of this year she suddenly stopped, the lawsuit alleges. (HarperCollins is owned by News Corp., which also owns The Post.)

Although Kidder had agreed to deliver her tell-all "Calamities" a year after signing, she also negotiated an extension. But in 1995, due to a computer glitch, she reportedly lost the three years of work she had put into the book.

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