Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt



Eartha Mae Kitt (January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008) was an American singer, actress, dancer, activist and comedian, known for her highly distinctive singing style and her 1953 recordings of "C'est si bon" and the enduring Christmas novelty smash "Santa Baby", which were both US Top 10 hits. Orson Welles once called her the "most exciting woman in the world".[3]

Kitt began her career in 1943 and 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 "Uska Dara" and "I Want to be Evil". Her other notable recordings include the UK Top 10 hit "Under the Bridges of Paris" (1954), "Just an Old Fashioned Girl" (1956) and "Where Is My Man" (1983). She starred in 1967 as Catwoman, in the third and final season of the television series Batman. 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. Her second was for the 2000 original production of the musical The Wild Party. 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 found a new generation of fans through her roles in the Disney films The Emperor's New Groove (2000), in which she voiced the villainous Yzma, and Holes (2003). She reprised the role as Yzma in the direct-to-video sequel 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.



The Emperor's New Groove
The Emperor's New Groove is a 2000 American animated buddy comedy film created by Walt Disney Feature Animation.
That Bad Eartha
That Bad Eartha is a 1954 studio album by American singer Eartha Kitt, her debut 12" vinyl album issued on the RCA Victor label.
Erik the Viking
Erik the Viking is a 1989 British comedy-fantasy film written and directed by Terry Jones.
Santa Baby
"Santa Baby" is a 1953 Christmas song written by Joan Javits (the niece of Senator Jacob K.

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James Tucker’s 13 Favorite BATMAN ’66 Episodes
  –  November 28, 2017
This fight, in my opinion, is one of the few highlights of Season 3 (Batgirl and Eartha Kitt’s Catwoman being the other two). After Batman cleans Shame’s clock, we get a pretty nifty moral from Batman delivered right to camera: “…Good, even though ...
Christmas brings festive songs whether you want a Silent Night or not
  –  November 27, 2017
They want to hear songs that are 30 years old or more. Bing Crosby, Eartha Kitt, Dean Martin. Despite their upbeat composition many modern Christmas songs are derived from tragic events. James Gillespie, composer of Santa Claus is Coming to Town ...
Mickalene Thomas Makes Black Women the Protagonists of Their Own Stories
  –  November 27, 2017
Installation view, Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities, (Photo by Dusty Kessler) In a documentary titled All by Myself: The Eartha Kitt Story (1982), an interviewer asks the singers: “If a man came into your life, wouldn’t you want to ...
Think Too Much: Christmas songs come this time each year
  –  November 25, 2017
Darlene Love's "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas," Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song," Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" (with honorable mentions going to the covers by Otis Redding and The Platters), Eartha Kitt's "Santa ...
Angela Ingersoll brings '12 Dames of Christmas' to life at the ECC Arts Center Dec. 9
  –  November 25, 2017
In this merry musical romp, Ingersoll's versatile voice captures a haunting Judy Garland, a rockin' Brenda Lee, a purr-fect Eartha Kitt, a proper Julie Andrews, a soulful Edith Piaf, a sultry Marilyn Monroe, and more. The show features many festive ...
How Much New Christmas Music Can We Take?
  –  November 24, 2017
Clover: Midway through “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” I knew Fantasia would give me classic, effortless Eartha Kitt-ish Christmas soul (and scratchy wails), but there’s some pretty blues here, too, namely “The Snow Is Falling.”
Carroll embraces the holiday spirit
  –  November 23, 2017
Listen as performers embody The Jackson 5, the Temptations, Eartha Kitt, Stevie Wonder, Nat King Cole as well as the biggest names in Motown. When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 Where: Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster Cost: $20 in advance ...
Holiday Cheer abounds as Rowan Big Band returns to Lee Street Theatre
  –  November 23, 2017
Songs made famous by bands like those led by Count Basie, Stan Kenton and Glenn Miller, and singers like Frank Sinatra, Eartha Kitt, Harry Connick, Jr. and Michael Buble. Returning vocalists this year include Nikki Jones Bailey, Bill Bucher and Alexis Cowan.
  –  November 22, 2017
“The Christmas Song”; Eartha Kitt’s “Santa Baby” just to name a few. Take a new unwrapped item for donation to the Salvation Army, Toys, gloves, scarves, anything for young people this season. This event will take place on Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at ...
Duane Michals and his Four Sorts of Photographic Portraits
  –  November 16, 2017
1998 © 2017 Duane Michals / Courtesy Thames & Hudson Eartha Kitt, 2007 © 2017 Duane Michals / Courtesy Thames & Hudson David Hockney and friend, 1975 © 2017 Duane Michals / Courtesy Thames & Hudson Sting, 1982 © 2017 Duane Michals / Courtesy Thames ...
Rita Ora's First Look For The MTV EMA Awards Is Proof You Can Rock The World In Anything
  –  November 16, 2017
However, one look stood out above the rest: one where Ora’s lady of the manor ensemble gave us major Eartha Kitt vibes. A post shared by Rita Ora (@ritaora) on Nov 12, 2017 at 12:48pm PST In a move that took gumption, style and a sense of humour ...
Little Sister offers Christmas concert
  –  November 16, 2017
The concert will include classical, folk, blues and swing, with Christmas favourites from Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky, Benjamin Britten, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Harold Arlen, Louis Armstrong and Eartha Kitt. Tenor Rawinia Salmon selected many of the ...
Attention: Divided
  –  November 15, 2017
We don’t watch TV like we used to. When I was growing up, I would be verging on catatonia as I watched the sparks fly between Batman and Catwoman (the Julie Newmar version -- with all due respect to Eartha Kitt and Lee Meriwether.) My dad used to call it ...
Charles Chamblis show to open at Mill City Museum; MCAD Art Sale turns 20
  –  November 15, 2017
Some faces are famous: Prince in his early days; Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis; Rosa Parks, Alex Haley, Eartha Kitt and Julian Bond during stopovers; Minnesota Vikings Carl Eller, Chuck Foreman and Alan Page. Some subjects are identified as “woman” or ...
The undeniably cool and surprisingly feminist history of the turtleneck
  –  November 7, 2017
you’re Ann-Margaret or Eartha Kitt, a sultry minx with impeccable taste. As if it’s made of magic, the turtleneck never disappoints or loses its luster. Even if one were to stretch out a bit, that only adds a laid back allure. You make the turtleneck.

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