Eartha Kitt was an iconic actress, singer, songwriter, dancer and activist.
Kitt started her career as a member of the Katherine Dunham Company in 1943. She appeared in the 1945 original Broadway theatre production of the musical Carib Song.
In the early 1950s, she had six US Top 30 hits, including the 1953 recordings of “C’est si bon” and the enduring Christmas song “Santa Baby”.
Kitt starred in 1967 as Catwoman, in the third and final season of the television series Batman. She is my favorite Catwoman.
In 1968, her career in America suffered after she made anti-war statements at a White House luncheon. Ten years later, she made a successful return to Broadway in the 1978 original production of the musical Timbuktu!, for which she received the first of her two Tony Award nominations.
Kitt wrote three autobiographies – Thursday’s Child (1956), Alone with Me (1976) and I’m Still Here: Confessions of a Sex Kitten (1989). She also played Lady Eloise in the 1992 film Boomerang, starring Eddie Murphy.
Kitt’s later career included voice work in the Disney films The Emperor’s New Groove(2000), Holes (2003), Kronk’s New Groove (2005), as well as the animated series The Emperor’s New School (2006–2008). Her work on the latter earned her two Daytime Emmy Awards. She posthumously won a third Emmy in 2010 for her guest performance on Wonder Pets!.
Eartha died from colon cancer on December 25, 2008, at her home in Weston, Connecticut.
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