NEW YORK – (AP) Eartha Kitt, a sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become an international symbol of elegance and sensuality, has died, a family spokesman said. She was 81.
Andrew Freedman said Kitt, who was recently treated at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, died Thursday in Connecticut of colon cancer.
Kitt, a self-proclaimed "sex kitten" famous for her catlike purr, was one of America's most versatile performers, winning two Emmys and nabbing a third nomination. She also was nominated for several Tonys and two Grammys.
Her career spanned six decades, from her start as a dancer with the famed Katherine Dunham troupe to cabarets and acting and singing on stage, in movies and on television. She persevered through an unhappy childhood as a mixed-race daughter of the South and made headlines in the 1960s for denouncing the Vietnam War during a visit to the White House.
Through the years, Kitt remained a picture of vitality and attracted fans less than half her age even as she neared 80.
When her book "Rejuvenate," a guide to staying physically fit, was published in 2001, Kitt was featured on the cover in a long, curve-hugging black dress with a figure that some 20-year-old women would envy. Kitt also wrote three autobiographies.
Once dubbed the "most exciting woman in the world" by Orson Welles, she spent much of her life single, though brief romances with the rich and famous peppered her younger years.
After becoming a hit singing "Monotonous" in the Broadway revue "New Faces of 1952," Kitt appeared in "Mrs. Patterson" in 1954-55. (Some references say she earned a Tony nomination for "Mrs. Patterson," but only winners were publicly announced at that time.) She also made appearances in "Shinbone Alley" and "The Owl and the Pussycat."
Her first album, "RCA Victor Presents Eartha Kitt," came out in 1954, featuring such songs as "I Want to Be Evil," "C'est Si Bon" and the saucy gold digger's theme song "Santa Baby," which is revived on radio each Christmas.
The next year, the record company released the follow-up album "That Bad Eartha," which featured "Let's Do It," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and "My Heart Belongs to Daddy."
In 1996, she was nominated for a Grammy in the category of traditional pop vocal performance for her album "Back in Business." She also had been nominated in the children's recording category for the 1969 record "Folk Tales of the Tribes of Africa."
Kitt also acted in movies, playing the lead female role opposite Nat King Cole in "St. Louis Blues" in 1958 and more recently appearing in "Boomerang" and "Harriet the Spy" in the 1990s.
On television, she was the sexy Catwoman on the popular "Batman" series in 1967-68, replacing Julie Newmar who originated the role. A guest appearance on an episode of "I Spy" brought Kitt an Emmy nomination in 1966.
"Generally the whole entertainment business now is bland," she said in a 1996 Associated Press interview. "It depends so much on gadgetry and flash now. You don't have to have talent to be in the business today.
"I think we had to have something to offer, if you wanted to be recognized as worth paying for."
Kitt was plainspoken about causes she believed in. Her anti-war comments at the White House came as she attended a White House luncheon hosted by Lady Bird Johnson.
"You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed," she told the group of about 50 women. "They rebel in the street. They don't want to go to school because they're going to be snatched off from their mothers to be shot in Vietnam."
For four years afterward, Kitt performed almost exclusively overseas. She was investigated by the FBI and CIA, which allegedly found her to be foul-mouthed and promiscuous.
"The thing that hurts, that became anger, was when I realized that if you tell the truth — in a country that says you're entitled to tell the truth — you get your face slapped and you get put out of work," Kitt told Essence magazine two decades later.
In 1978, Kitt returned to Broadway in the musical "Timbuktu!" — which brought her a Tony nomination — and was invited back to the White House by President Jimmy Carter.
In 2000, Kitt earned another Tony nod for "The Wild Party." She played the fairy godmother in Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" in 2002.
As recently as October 2003, she was on Broadway after replacing Chita Rivera in a revival of "Nine."
She also gained new fans as the voice of Yzma in the 2000 Disney animated feature "The Emperor's New Groove.'"
In an online discussion at Washingtonpost.com in March 2005, shortly after Jamie Foxx and Morgan Freeman won Oscars, she expressed satisfaction that black performers "have more of a chance now than we did then to play larger parts."
But she also said: "I don't carry myself as a black person but as a woman that belongs to everybody. After all, it's the general public that made (me) — not any one particular group. So I don't think of myself as belonging to any particular group and never have."
Kitt was born in North, S.C., and her road to fame was the stuff of storybooks. In her autobiography, she wrote that her mother was black and Cherokee while her father was white, and she was left to live with relatives after her mother's new husband objected to taking in a mixed-race girl.
An aunt eventually brought her to live in New York, where she attended the High School of Performing Arts, later dropping out to take various odd jobs.
By chance, she dropped by an audition for the dance group run by Dunham, a pioneering African-American dancer. In 1946, Kitt was one of the Sans-Souci Singers in Dunham's Broadway production "Bal Negre."
Kitt's travels with the Dunham troupe landed her a gig in a Paris nightclub in the early 1950s. Kitt was spotted by Welles, who cast her in his Paris stage production of "Faust."
That led to a role in "New Faces of 1952," which featured such other stars-to-be as Carol Lawrence, Paul Lynde and, as a writer, Mel Brooks.
While traveling the world as a dancer and singer in the 1950s, Kitt learned to perform in nearly a dozen languages and, over time, added songs in French, Spanish and even Turkish to her repertoire.
"Usku Dara," a song Kitt said was taught to her by the wife of a Turkish admiral, was one of her first hits, though Kitt says her record company feared it too remote for American audiences to appreciate.
Song titles such as "I Want to be Evil" and "Just an Old Fashioned Girl" seem to reflect the paradoxes in Kitt's private life.
Over the years, Kitt had liaisons with wealthy men, including Revlon founder Charles Revson, who showered her with lavish gifts.
In 1960, she married Bill McDonald but divorced him after the birth of their daughter, Kitt.
While on stage, she was daringly sexy and always flirtatious. Offstage, however, Kitt described herself as shy and almost reclusive, remnants of feeling unwanted and unloved as a child. She referred to herself as "that little urchin cotton-picker from the South, Eartha Mae."
For years, Kitt was unsure of her birthplace or birth date. In 1997, a group of students at historically black Benedict College in Columbia, S.C., located her birth certificate, which verified her birth date as Jan. 17, 1927. Kitt had previously celebrated on Jan. 26.
The research into her background also showed Kitt was the daughter of a white man, a poor cotton farmer.
"I'm an orphan. But the public has adopted me and that has been my only family," she told the Post online. "The biggest family in the world is my fans."
YOUR WORK HERE IS DONE
YOURE A STAR IN THE HEAVENS NOW!!!!
R.I.P she was a legend!
Eartha, God Bless You! U were the real deal.
*** SHE WAS ACTUALLY PRETTY ONCE.. RIP
RIP Eartha Kitt! A true DIVA! I love Santa Baby: The lyrics alone...is DIVA!!!
Santa Baby, slip a sable under the tree, For me.
been an awful good girl, Santa baby,
so hurry down the chimney ***.
Santa baby, a 54 convertible too,
I'll wait up for you dear,
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney ***.
Think of all the fun I've missed,
Think of all the fellas that I haven't kissed,
Next year I could be just as good,
If you'll check off my Christmas list,
Santa baby, I wanna yacht,
And really that's not a lot,
Been an angel all year,
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney ***.
Santa honey, there's one thing I really do need,
To a platinum mine,
Santa honey, so hurry down the chimney ***.
Santa cutie, and fill my stocking with a duplex,
Sign your 'X' on the line,
Santa cutie, and hurry down the chimney ***.
Come and trim my Christmas tree,
With some decorations bought at Tiffany's,
I really do believe in you,
Let's see if you believe in me,
Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing,
I don't mean on the phone,
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney ***,
Hurry down the chimney ***,
Loved her she will be missed!......TOP 10!
r.i.p mrs. kitt
*** EARTHA WAS MY GURL REST IN PEACE SO SORRY TO HEAR THIS
Eartha Kitt is one of the original DIVAS so I know she will be missed.
"Marcus darling, I'm not wearing any panties."
Farwell Eartha! The diva's will miss you!
RIP Catwoman!!! Chitown where you at?
My GOD! MTO u expect us to read that long a** post?! Anyway, R.I.P Ms. Kitt!
SHE WILL TRULY BE MISSED I LOVED HER IN EDDIE MURPHYS BOOMERANG
R.I.P. Eartha, you were one of a kind and you will be missed.
she will be dearly missed.
rip eartha kitt
loved her in boomerang!
No offense MTO...but this article is pretty much exactly the article run on MSN...make sure you give credit to MSN :)
Anywho...RIP Miss Kitt!!!
did she ever date a black man? she was beautiful.
R.I.P Ms. Kitt. You were truly a legend
I can't believe this ugly *** "Bigwig" has the audacity to say Eartha Kitt was ugly. ***, take a look in the mirror, you burnt anorexic stick!! Ms. Kitt was gorgeous, so fall back!
We'll miss you, Ms. Kitt. MAAAARCUSSSSS!!!!! (I don't have any panties on!!!)
rip....but umm why black people always gotta name they kids sum country sh!t like eartha???
R.I.P. cat woman
R.I.P. - Simply International...
Classy lady. They just had her Santa Baby on the radio.
Who cares who she dated? You date who you like. You don't date who others like.
May she rest in peace and prayers out to her family. She had a lot of years left. Cancer is a ***.
MizzNique, that is a racist statement. People have all types of off the wall names from every race. Don't listen to what society tell you about hating yourself.
Walk with the Lady, Ms. Kitt. You will be missed.
Eartha! She was such a unique woman, truly remarkable. She definitely had a certain je ne sais quoi...which makes me so sad that Beyonce will *** her life story up; and, furthermore, that after she protested (the fact that Beyonce was given the project)she was still somehow forced to acquiesce. I bet the studio was like "her or nothing!"...that sucks, in light of the fact that she likely protested knowing she was deathly ill. SMH The exploitative trailers and Knowles commentary on how much Eartha inspired them will be even more unbearable given her passing.
I just read an article about her recently. RIP Eartha Kitt. You embodied glamour and poise to many generations of women. Not just women of color, but all women. You lived a life that was full and graceful. I thank God for the time you spent here on Earth and the legacy that you left for others to emulate.
rip Eartha may God bless your soul and your family in this tragic time.
as for MizzNique, Eartha was not born in this day and time where y'all are naming your kids after liquor etc. she was born when people were barely free. Eartha is not a country ghetto name and even if it was she exemplified class and so does the name.
Ms Eartha was a true diva and a class act.
oh and she was also a pioneer being one of the first to break into the color barriers. all black women (in the business of entertainment) owe this Ms Kitt for being able to be black and be considered just as desirable as any white woman. She was the first black cat woman and made men of all colors drool. you go girl!
MTO WHO DID YOU STEAL THIS STORY FROM YAHOO NEWS???
B/C WE ALL KNOW YOUR WRITERS ARE ANYTHING BUT ELOQUENT.
R.I.P TO THE GREATEST CATWOMAN THERE EVER WAS..
WONDER WHO WILL PLAY HER IN THE MOVIE?
another legend......gone. RIP Eartha.
This should be the top story Ms Kitt is a true diva!!! Rest In Peace, 2008 was a rough year, we lost allot of greats in the entertainment world and in my personal life, they will be missed.
I can't believe this ugly *** "Bigwig" has the audacity to say Eartha Kitt was ugly. ***, take a look in the mirror, you burnt anorexic stick!! Ms. Kitt was gorgeous, so fall back!
OMG... Your post got me ROTFLMBAO and made me forget what I was gonna say LOL LOL LOL!!! After reading that, all I can say is RIP Eartha Kitt!!!
rip she was so beautiful even at the age of 81
MTO: GREAT ARTICLE! It was very informative & it's nice to see you giving props to such an icon. @NELLBOOGIE: Well said.
she will be missed! and never forgotten!
mto ya really suck now , your faithfull blooger reported this yesterday on your threads
RIP Ms. Kitt! You was the epitome of *** appeal- especially for African American women.
Santa Baby! Eartha was one sexy lady! RIP
ALL I KEEP HEARING IN MY HEAD IS "MARRRRR-CUSSSSS" *** EARTHA R.I.P.
omg! RIP MS . KITT...YOU ARE THE ORIGINAL CAT WOMAN. AND THE ORIGINAL MATERIAL GIRL.. NOT MARILYN MONROE. She has one of the most distinguishable voices ever. when I hear that voice I know its Eartha Kitt.
SHE WAS A BAD BAD CATWOMAN, AND I LOVED HOW SHE SAID MARRRCUS. R.I.P
she was an icon and a legend. she will be missed. RIP Miss Eartha!
MTO is so tacky for headlining that fake Janet/Jermaine nursery story and all the others before this one.
Eartha IS an icon but we *** expect them to know much about her so they stole the article from AP (which they're probably not memebers of).
***...I loved Eartha Kitt. I was so disappointed when I heard the news.
RIP Ms. Kitt :(
... May you Rest in Peace Ertha Kitt ...
MAAAAAAAAAAAHK-UUUSSSS DAAAAAAAAAAHLING......D@MN MAN....THERE ALL LEAVING US!!!!
I heard this on CNN this morning B4 I came to work she was a great woman in black acting she will be missed R.I.P.
Sounds like she had a hard life.
Rest,Rest,Rest in Peace
YEAH I LOVED HER IN BOOMERANG WITH THE MARRRCCCUUSSS DARLINGGG LOL...
AGAIN R.I.P EARTHA A LEGEND WHO WILL BE MISSED...
this woman was a product of rape, that had to be hard on her mother and her, true DIVA rip
Eartha Kitt?? OMG... This was a bad year... Earthat was a living legend. One of the original divas. A few weeks before vintage modeling diva Betty Paige passed away. Without Kitt or Paige these modeling chicks would not have any influential blueprints to their style. That goes for video models too. Betty Paige made alot of soldiers happy during the war. Eartha Kitt's performances were mesmerizing and mind blowing. Exotic Dancers get their stage control techniques from Eartha Kitt. R.I.P. to both women. This has been a sad year in deaths.
AWW RIP..THAT PIC UP TOP IS HOT..
what a gorgeous and talented lady! and to die on christmas when her song "santa baby" was world reknown. she ans james brown went out on chrsitmas, they were stars til the end, even dying on a fabulous day. rest in peace eartha, youwere an icon.
AWW! her presence in the industry will definitely be missed...she was an ORIGINAL! i wish i could get that purr she had perfected and she still has me dying whenever i see the movie "Boomerang"...MAAAAARCUSSSSS!
A class act to the very end!
She was a legend and was nothing to play around with, especially in her younger years. She could speak several different languages and was a great dancer. R.I.P Eartha Kitt!!!
MARCUS!!!!!!! (Boomerang, for all the slow folks)
RIP Eartha Kitt.
@ BIGWIG she always been pretty 2 sad we can't say that to you HOOLA!!
mto why isnt this the top story?
REST IN PEACE MS.KITT WHAT A LOSS. ATLEAST SHE LIVED HER LIFE TO THE FULLEST EXTENT 81 IS A LOT BETTER THAN 21.
SMH @ This NOT being the top news story of the day. Pure foolishness and disrespect.
R.I.P Miss Kitt. How ironic that she died on Christmas Day and her biggest hit was Santa Baby. She was definitely a true diva and will always be remembered.
This should've been your headliner MTO. I couldn't give a *** about Rihanna and some stupid movie that everyone will probably bootleg,if that.
1 of the original CAT WOMEN !!! She was 81 ? Yea, she lived a full life....
Eartha Kitt will be remembered for her sultry greatness, her beautiful voice, and breaking down so many barriers in the entertainment industry. She had talent and personality that too many so called entertainers lack today. A singer, an actress, Dorothy Dunham trained dancer. She lived a full life and worked up until her death. Kitt holds an amazing life story. From being abandoned as a child by her mother to being blacklisted by Lady Bird Johnson. She is an amazing person. One of my sheroes and inspirations. She will be missed. Pick up he biography "Alone wit Me". I read it about 10 years ago and gained so much respect for her. RIP Eartha Kitt.
R.I.P. Eartha Kitt, I remember when I went to see a play that she was in, I can't remember what it was called. She starred in many movies that I loved. She will truly be missed. God bless her.
@2sexy4sho2_ cuz MTO's owner is a bytchazz tranny that prefers to talk about nuffin!
Such a great actress my memory of her was in Boomerang with Eddie Murphy! Very pretty picture of her it look so modern when she was young...
Rest In Peace...
rest in peace ms.kitt, here is just a little tiny bit of her work:
"The Emperor's New School" .... Yzma (20 episodes, 2006-2007)
- A Giftmas Story (2007) TV episode (voice) .... Yzma
- Emperor's New Musical (2007) TV episode (voice) .... Yzma
- A Fair to Remember/Working Girl (2007) TV episode .... Yzma
- The Emperor's New Tuber/Room for Improvement (2007) TV episode (voice) .... Yzma
- The Yzma That Stole Kuzcoween/Monster Masquerade (2006) TV episode (voice) .... Yzma
Behind the Director's Son's Cut (2007) (V) .... Freya
"American Dad!" .... Fortune Teller (1 episode, 2007)
- Dope and Faith (2007) TV episode (voice) .... Fortune Teller
And Then Came Love (2007) .... Mona
The Emperor's New Groove 2: Kronk's New Groove (2005) (V) (voice) .... Yzma
On the One (2005) .... Ms. Nettie
... aka Preaching to the Choir (USA: new title)
"My Life as a Teenage Robot" .... Queen Vexas (1 episode, 2003)
- Hostile Makeover (2003) TV episode (voice) .... Queen Vexas
Holes (2003) .... Madame Zeroni
Santa Baby! (2001) (TV) (voice) .... Emerald
Feast of All Saints (2001) (TV) .... Lola Dede
... aka Anne Rice's The Feast of All Saints (USA: complete title)
Emperor's New Groove (2001) (VG) (voice) .... Yzma
The Emperor's New Groove (2000) (voice) .... Yzma
"Welcome to New York" .... June (2 episodes, 2000)
- The Car (2000) TV episode .... June
- Jim Gets an Apartment (2000) TV episode .... June
"Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child" .... The Snow Queen (1 episode, 2000)
- The Snow Queen (2000) TV episode (voice) .... The Snow Queen
"The Famous Jett Jackson" .... Albertine Whethers (1 episode, 1999)
- Field of Dweebs (1999) TV episode .... Albertine Whethers
The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story (1998) (V) (voice) .... Bagheera the Panther
"The Wild Thornberrys" .... Lioness #1 (1 episode, 1998)
- Flood Warning (1998) TV episode .... Lioness #1
I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998) .... Cult Leader
... aka Ed Wood's I Woke Up Early the Day I Died
... aka I Awoke Early the Day I Died (USA)
Ill Gotten Gains (1997) (voice) .... The Wood
"Viva Variety" .... Musical guest (1 episode, 1997)
- Episode #1.5 (1997) TV episode .... Musical guest
Harriet the Spy (1996) .... Agatha ***. Plummer
"Living Single" .... Jacqueline Richards (1 episode, 1995)
... aka My Girls
- He Works Hard for the Money (1995) TV episode .... Jacqueline Richards
"New York Undercover" .... Mrs. Stubbs (1 episode, 1995)
... aka Uptown Undercover
- Student Affairs (1995) TV episode .... Mrs. Stubbs
"The Magic School Bus" .... Mrs. Franklin - Keesha's Grandma (1 episode, 1995)
... aka Scholastic's The Magic School Bus (USA: complete title)
- Going Batty (1995) TV episode (voice) .... Mrs. Franklin - Keesha's Grandma
Fatal Instinct (1993) .... First Trial Judge
"Matrix" .... Sister Rowena (1 episode, 1993)
- Moths to a Flame (1993) TV episode .... Sister Rowena
Boomerang (1992) .... Lady Eloise
Ernest Scared Stupid (1991) .... Old Lady Hackmore
Living Doll (1990) .... Mrs. Swartz
Erik the Viking (1989) .... Freya
... aka Erik viking (Sweden)
Master of Dragonard Hill (1989) .... Naomi
The Pink Chiquitas (1987) (voice) .... Betty aka the Meteor
Dragonard (1987) .... Naomi
"Entre amigos" (1 episode, 1986)
- Episode dated 11 July 1986 (1986) TV episode
"Miami Vice" .... Priestess Chata (1 episode, 1985)
- Whatever Works (1985) TV episode .... Priestess Chata
The Serpent Warriors (1985) .... Snake Priestess
A *** on the Town (1983) (TV)
To Kill a Cop (1978) (TV) .... Paula
"Police Woman" .... Amelia (1 episode, 1978)
- Tigress (1978) TV episode .... Amelia
Friday Foster (1975) .... Madame Rena
"The Protectors" .... Carrie Blaine (1 episode, 1974)
- A Pocketful of Posies (1974) TV episode .... Carrie Blaine
Lieutenant Schuster's Wife (1972) (TV) .... Lady
Up the Chastity Belt (1971) .... Scheherazade
... aka Naughty ***
... aka The Chastity Belt (USA)
"Batman" .... Catwoman #2 (3 episodes, 1967-1968)
- The Joke's on Catwoman (1968) TV episode .... Catwoman #2
- The Funny Feline Felonies (1967) TV episode .... Catwoman #2
- Catwoman's Dressed to Kill (1967) TV episode .... Catwoman #2
"Mission: Impossible" .... Tina Mara (1 episode, 1967)
- The Traitor (1967) TV episode .... Tina Mara
All About People (1967) .... Narrator
"I Spy" .... Angel (1 episode, 1965)
- The Loser (1965) TV episode .... Angel
"Ben Casey" .... Danielle Taylor (1 episode, 1965)
- A Horse Named Stravinsky (1965) TV episode .... Danielle Taylor
Synanon (1965) .... Betty Coleman
... aka Get Off My Back
Onkel Toms Hütte (1965) (uncredited) .... Singer
... aka Capanna dello zio Tom, La (Italy)
... aka Case de l'oncle Tom, La (France)
... aka Cento dollari d'odio (Italy)
... aka Cica Tomina koliba (Yugoslavia: Croatian title)
... aka Cry Sweet Revenge (Australia: video title)
... aka Uncle Tom's Cabin (USA)
"Burke's Law" .... Honoria De Witt (1 episode, 1965)
... aka Amos Burke, Secret Agent (USA: new title)
- Who Killed the Rest? (1965) TV episode .... Honoria De Witt
"The Sunday-*** Play" .... Sally Carrington (1 episode, 1962)
- Member of the Family (1962) TV episode .... Sally Carrington
Drei Mânner spinnen (1962) (TV)
"Play of the Week" (1 episode, 1961)
- The Wingless Victory (1961) TV episode
Saint of Devil's Island (1961) .... Annette
... aka Seventy Times Seven
Anna Lucasta (1959) .... Anna Lucasta
"Playhouse 90" .... Queen (1 episode, 1958)
- Heart of Darkness (1958) TV episode .... Queen
St. Louis Blues (1958) .... Gogo Germaine
The Mark of the Hawk (1957) .... Renee
... aka Accused
"BBC Sunday-*** Theatre" .... Theodora 'Teddy' Hicks (1 episode, 1956)
- Mrs. Patterson (1956) TV episode .... Theodora 'Teddy' Hicks
"Omnibus" .... Salome (1 episode, 1955)
- Salome (1955) TV episode .... Salome
"Your Show of Shows" (1 episode, 1954)
... aka Sid Caesar's Show of Shows (UK: rerun title)
- Episode dated 29 May 1954 (1954) TV episode
Casbah (1948) (uncredited) .... Katherine Dunham Group dancer
Da Lintsi -koodi (2007) (TV) (lyrics: "Uska Dara")
... aka UIT: Da Lintsi -koodi (Finland: promotional title)
The Emperor's New Groove 2: Kronk's New Groove (2005) (V) (performer: "Feel Like A Million")
Huips (2004) (TV) (performer: "Champagne Taste")
... aka Estradilla: Huips! (Finland)
Something's Gotta Give (2003) (performer: "Je Cherche un Homme", "C'Est Si Bon")
"Miss Match" (1 episode, 2003)
- Santa, Baby (2003) TV episode ("Santa Baby")
"The O.C." (1 episode, 2003)
- The Best Chrismukkah Ever (2003) TV episode (performer: "Santa Baby")
Elf (2003) (performer: "Santa Baby" (1953))
Friday After Next (2002) (performer: "Santa Baby")
Laurel Canyon (2002) (performer: "C'Est Si Bon" (1947))
Mein Bruder, der Vampir (2001) (performer: "I Want To Be Evil")
... aka Getting My Brother Laid (Canada: English title: festival title)
... aka My Brother the Vampire (International: English title)
"The Sopranos" (1 episode, 2001)
- To Save Us All from Satan's Power (2001) TV episode (performer: "Santa Baby")
The 54th Annual Tony Awards (2000) (TV) (performer: "Queenie Was a Blonde/Wild Party/Welcome to My Party/When It Ends/Wild")
"Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child" (1 episode, 2000)
- The Snow Queen (2000) TV episode (performer: "Cool to Be Cold")
Thank God He Met Lizzie (1997) (performer: "Santa Baby")
... aka The Wedding Party (USA: video title)
Harriet the Spy (1996) (performer: "Uska Dara")
Rites of Winter (1996) (performer: "Santa Baby")
Mixed Nuts (1994) (performer: "Santa Baby")
... aka Lifesavers
A Man of No Importance (1994) (performer: "Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)")
Driving Miss Daisy (1989) (performer: "SANTA BABY")
Up the Chastity Belt (1971) (performer: "A *** for my ***")
... aka Naughty ***
... aka The Chastity Belt (USA)
St. Louis Blues (1958) (performer: "Yellow Dog Blues", "Careless Love", "Friendless Blues", "Chantez Les Bas", "Saint Louis Blues")
New Faces (1954) (performer: "C'est Si Bon", "Love Is a Simple Thing", "Santa Baby", "Uska Dara", "Bal Petit Bal", "Monotonous")
... aka New Faces of 1952 (USA: long title)
"Oz" (special thanks) (1 episode, 2001)
- Medium Rare (2001) TV episode (special thanks)
Hamlet (2000) (special thanks)
Unzipped (1995) (very special thanks)
Tráiler para amantes de lo prohibido (1985) (TV) (thanks)
"Breakfast" .... Herself (1 episode, 2008)
- Episode dated 23 April 2008 (2008) TV episode .... Herself
"Loose Women" .... Herself (1 episode, 2007)
- Episode #11.22 (2007) TV episode .... Herself
"American Masters" .... Herself (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
- The World of Nat King Cole (2006) TV episode .... Herself
- James Dean: Sense Memories (2005) TV episode .... Herself
"Larry King Live" .... Herself (2 episodes, 2005)
- Episode dated 3 December 2005 (2005) TV episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 24 November 2005 (2005) TV episode .... Herself
The Many Faces of Catwoman (2005) (V) .... Host
"Biography" .... Herself (1 episode, 2004)
- Catwoman: Her Many Lives (2004) TV episode .... Herself
The 2nd Annual TV Land Awards (2004) (TV) .... Herself
"Hollywood Squares" .... Herself (5 episodes, 2003)
... aka H² (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka H2: Hollywood Squares (USA: fifth season title)
- Episode dated 10 October 2003 (2003) TV episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 9 October 2003 (2003) TV episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 8 October 2003 (2003) TV episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 7 October 2003 (2003) TV episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 6 October 2003 (2003) TV episode .... Herself
VH-1 Where Are They Now: Superheros (2003) (TV) .... Herself
Standard Time (2002) .... Herself
... aka Anything But Love (USA: new title)
The Sweatbox (2002) .... Herself
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television (2002) (TV) .... Herself
The Making and Meaning of 'We Are Family' (2002) .... Herself
... aka We Are Family (USA: *** title)
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration (2001) (TV) .... Herself
"Oz" .... Herself (1 episode, 2001)
- Medium Rare (2001) TV episode (uncredited) .... Herself
"The Rosie O'Donnell Show" .... Herself (2 episodes, 1997-2000)
- Episode dated 12 December 2000 (2000) TV episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 10 October 1997 (1997) TV episode .... Herself
The 54th Annual Tony Awards (2000) (TV) .... Herself - Performer & Nominee: Best Featured Actress in a Musical
"VH-1 Where Are They Now?" .... Catwoman (1 episode, 1999)
- Superheroes (1999) TV episode .... Catwoman
"The Roseanne Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 1998)
- Episode #1.34 (1998) TV episode .... Herself
Nat King Cole: Loved in Return (1998) (TV) .... Herself
... aka Biography: Nat King Cole (USA: series title)
"The Nanny" .... Herself (2 episodes, 1996)
- The Tart with Heart (1996) TV episode (uncredited) (voice) .... Herself
- A Pup in Paris (1996) TV episode .... Herself
"Lauren Hutton and..." .... Herself (1 episode, 1996)
- Eartha Kitt (1996) TV episode .... Herself
James Dean and Me (1995) (TV) (uncredited) .... Herself
Unzipped (1995) (uncredited) .... Herself
"Space Ghost Coast to Coast" .... Herself (1 episode, 1994)
... aka SGC2C (USA: *** title)
- Batmantis (1994) TV episode .... Herself
"Reading Rainbow" .... Herself (1 episode, 1993)
- Is This a House for Hermit Crab? (1993) TV episode (voice) .... Herself
"It's *** at the Apollo" .... Herself - Guest Host (1 episode, 1992)
... aka *** at the Apollo (USA: new title)
- Episode dated 25 April 1992 (1992) TV episode .... Herself - Guest Host
Desperately Seeking Roger (1991) (TV) .... Herself
"Forty Minutes" .... Herself (1 episode, 1990)
- Adventures in the Skin Trade (1990) TV episode .... Herself
"Brown Sugar" (1986) TV mini-series .... Herself
"Musikladen" (1 episode, 1983)
- Episode #1.83 (1983) TV episode
All by Myself (1982) .... Herself
... aka All by Myself: The Eartha Kitt Story (USA)
... aka Eartha Kitt - Ganz allein (West Germany: TV title)
"Parkinson" .... Herself (1 episode, 1978)
- Episode dated 29 May 1978 (1978) TV episode .... Herself
"The *** Show Starring Johnny Carson" .... Herself (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
... aka The Best of Carson (USA: rerun title)
- Episode dated 28 August 1973 (1973) TV episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 24 April 1973 (1973) TV episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 22 August 1972 (1972) TV episode .... Herself
"Russell Harty Plus" .... Herself - Guest (1 episode, 1972)
- Episode dated 30 December 1972 (1972) TV episode .... Herself - Guest
"Frost on Sunday" .... Herself (1 episode, 1970)
- Episode dated 23 March 1970 (1970) TV episode .... Herself
"The Barbara McNair Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 1970)
- Episode dated 1 February 1970 (1970) TV episode .... Herself
"Romeo und Julia 70" (1969) TV mini-series .... Herself
The Other Americans (1969) (TV) .... Herself
"The Hollywood Squares" .... Guest Appearance / ... (15 episodes, 1966-1968)
- Episode dated 8 July 1968 (1968) TV episode .... Guest Appearance
- Episode dated 22 January 1968 (1968) TV episode .... Herself - Guest Appearance
- Episode dated 25 December 1967 (1967) TV episode .... Guest Appearance
- Episode dated 13 November 1967 (1967) TV episode .... Guest Appearance
- Episode dated 1 May 1967 (1967) TV episode .... Guest Appearance
"The Pat Boone Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 1968)
- Episode dated 31 January 1968 (1968) TV episode .... Herself
"The Celebrity Game" .... Herself / ... (7 episodes, 1964-1965)
- Episode dated 30 August 1965 (1965) TV episode .... Panelist
- Episode dated 24 August 1965 (1965) TV episode .... Panelist
- Episode dated 12 August 1965 (1965) TV episode .... Panelist
- Episode dated 6 September 1964 (1964) TV episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 22 August 1964 (1964) TV episode .... Herself
"Blackpool *** Out" .... Herself (1 episode, 1965)
- Episode dated 22 August 1965 (1965) TV episode .... Herself
"Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life" .... Herself (1 episode, 1965)
... aka Not So Much a Programme... (UK: *** title)
- Episode dated 14 February 1965 (1965) TV episode .... Herself
"Pantomime Quiz" .... Guest Panelist / ... (2 episodes, 1963)
... aka Mike Stokey's Pantomime Quiz (USA)
... aka Stump the Stars (USA: new title)
- Episode dated 2 September 1963 (1963) TV episode .... Herself - Guest Panelist
- Eartha Kitt vs. Robert Clary (1963) TV episode .... Guest Panelist
"Toast of the Town" .... Herself / ... (15 episodes, 1952-1963)
... aka The Ed Sullivan Show (USA: new title)
- Episode #16.37 (1963) TV episode .... Singer
- Episode #13.49 (1960) TV episode .... Singer
- Episode #13.24 (1960) TV episode .... Singer
- Episode #13.3 (1959) TV episode .... Singer
- Episode #12.45 (1959) TV episode .... Singer
"Val Parnell's Sunday *** at the London Palladium" .... Herself - Top Of The Bill (2 episodes, 1960-1962)
... aka Sunday *** at the London Palladium (UK: *** title)
- Episode dated 18 March 1962 (1962) TV episode .... Herself - Top Of The Bill
- Episode dated 20 November 1960 (1960) TV episode .... Herself - Top Of The Bill
"What's My Line?" .... Herself / ... (3 episodes, 1954-1961)
- Episode dated 23 July 1961 (1961) TV episode .... Mystery Guest
- Episode dated 12 July 1959 (1959) TV episode .... Herself - Mystery Guest
- Episode dated 30 May 1954 (1954) TV episode .... Herself
"The Nat King Cole Show" .... Herself - Singer (1 episode, 1956)
- Episode #3.4 (1956) TV episode .... Herself - Singer
"Person to Person" .... Herself (1 episode, 1954)
- Episode #2.2 (1954) TV episode .... Herself
"The Morning Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 1954)
- Episode dated 8 June 1954 (1954) TV episode .... Herself
New Faces (1954) .... Herself
... aka New Faces of 1952 (USA: long title)
"The Colgate Comedy Hour" .... Herself - Singer (1 episode, 1954)
... aka Colgate Summer Comedy Hour (USA: summer title)
... aka Colgate Variety Hour (USA: sixth season title)
... aka Michael Todd Revue (USA: subtitle)
- Episode #4.14 (1954) TV episode .... Herself - Singer
"The Red Buttons Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 1953)
- Episode dated 12 June 1953 (1953) TV episode .... Herself
"The American Experience"
- Las Vegas: An Unconventional History: Part 1 (2005) TV episode .... Herself
It's Black Entertainment (2002) (TV) .... Herself
"The Real Las Vegas" (1996) .... Herself
Victor Borges Tivoli 150 år (1993) (TV) .... Herself - Performer
"¡Qué noche la de aquel año!"
- Episode dated 24 November 1987 (1987) TV episode .... Herself
"Toast of the Town"
- Episode #16.8 (1962) TV episode .... Herself
Thank you Miss Guyana! RIP Miss Kitt. Don't be disrespectful BIGWIG. Miss Kitt opened so many doors for so many black people you should be grateful. All that you are doing is closing doors on people that don't look like Beyonce!!!
REST IN PEACE! THE BEST CATWOMAN IN BATMAN. "MAAAARRRRRRRCUS, I'M NOT WEARING ANY PANTIEEEES"
MY WIFE LOVE "SANTA BABY".
R.I.P Eartha Kitt <33
WELL MISS HER A GREAT DEAL. NO ONE CAN PURR LIKE HER. R.I.P. MS. KITT.
Why isn't this the Main story?! She was absolutely beautiful! MTO get it together, this is more important and legendary than beyonce and rhianna and a fued that is not really going on!
Rest In Peace.
She was talented and beautiful up until her final breath...RIP Eartha
AGREED...seems like they just throw stories on the page and wherever they fall is where they stay, lol
R.I.P Eartha! You will always be remembered and missed! :(
THIS IS VERY SAD NEWS RIP MS.EARTHA KITT, UR WORK HERE ON EARTH WILL ALWAYS WILL BE REMEMBERED. RIP
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma- Eartha Kitt.
@Bigwig darling if you can't say anything nice can you feel me? Eartha Kitt is a legend diva and will be greatly missed. I will pray for the family and friends.
maarrrrcuzzzzzzz grrrrrrrrr LOL.... R.I.P EK ONE OF DA GREATS
Thatsa HOTT picture of Eartha Kitt... All I have to say is "Marcussss Marcusss..." Rest In Peace Sweetie!
dang mto why this is not the top story really at at you guys for this bs, but anyways RIP MS. EARTHA KITT YOU WILL BE MISSED. MY LINE MARCUSSS MARCUSSSS.... LOVE YOU EARHTA!!!
VERY SAD...I HATE DEATH...
EARTHA, A VERY EXTRAORDINARY WOMAN INDEED.
Why is dis article after Rihanna bein in a movie, a model gettin engaged and a *** baby nursery?!...kinda *** backwards MTO, THIS is wat needs to be number 1...RIP Eartha Kitt
RIP Eartha. A true legend. The best catwoman her and Halle.
Aw Lawd Lady Eloise is gone!
I was hopeful she would make it to Inauguration.
Eartha was truly a star and a class act.
A TRUE CLASS ACT,ICON AND A LEGEND WILL BE SADLY MISSED. SHE OPENED OPPORTUNITY FOR MANY WOMEN OF COLOR IN THE FILM INDUSTRY. I REALLY LIKED HER *** CATWOMAN I THINK SHE WAS THE BEST FIT EVER IN THE BATMAN TELEVSIOIN SERIES IN THE 1960'S.
TYPO CORRECTION ^^^AS^^^NOT ***....LMAO!!!
R.I.P. EARTHA,, , MUCH RESPECT AND LOVE,, ,
AWW POOR EARTHA KITT..:/ MAY YOU REST YOUR SPIRIT IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD..:)
THE BADDEST CATWOMAN EVVVAAH
(IN MY CAT VOICE)
RRRRRRREST IN PEACE EARRRRTHA!!!!
R.I.P. Miss Kitt.
R.I.P Eartha!!!! This woman was somethin' else, I miss her already...
Why the hell wasn't this the top story?!?!? Yall report on Beyonce and Rihanna every single day, yall couldn't let something more important take the top spot for just one day???...smh
Aye. Loved her, loved her. Eartha Kitt was the bomb!!! So sad this has happened, but glad most of the posters seem to appreciate what a legend she was. I hope she knew as she lived, how loved and appreciated she was. Once you die, it's too late.
SHE WAS SO PRETTY!
r.i.p. ms. kitty kat! =]
The original CAT WOMAN.... You will be missed..."R.I.P"
My recipe for life is not being afraid of myself, afraid of what I think or of my opinions.
R.I.P Eartha Kitt!!
I did a special post about Eartha
Now this is a DIVA. True talent and intelligence.They do not make them like her anymore. She crossed all barriers( Even after being blacklisted in the states) and opened the door for all these women you see in the industry now.. I had the priviledge of seeing her perform .. and I have one word AMAZING
Many tried, but no one, I mean no one sang Santa Baby like she did. Her version will always be the best ever! RIP Eartha
I know Beyonce ALREADY put in her bid to play Eartha in her life story.
Somehow I just know...
Eartha was a living portrait of longevity. She did well.
YOU'VE GIVEN US SO MUCH....YOU WILL BE MISSED.
I can see Eartha strutting up the Heaven's Gates in an all white CatSuit! Well Done Legend! Well Done!Puuuuuuuuuuuuuuurrrr rr
I THINK THANDIE NEWTON, ROBIN GIVENS, OR ZOE SALDANA SHOULD GET THE ROLE TO PLAY HER!
NO MO BEYONCE!
she was legend and very beautiful she will be missed and i loved her in boomerrang and that disney movie.... she will always be the diva she was meant to be
I HOPE BEYONCE plays Eartha Kitt in the life story
She will be missed..
My uncle use to call her a G I L F
"Grandma I'd Love To Fkuc"
Girlsluvgems Flag post
I know Beyonce ALREADY put in her bid to play Eartha in her life story.
Somehow I just know...
^^^^^^^Oh God I can see it now, and the woman ain't even in the ground yet....You know you starting' something with that...lol
RIP EARTHA. U WILL BE MISSED
We Now need to band her from playing Miss Eartha Kitt, who is a living legend and icon, we need an experienced person to portray Miss Kitt. Beyonce does not come close to being anything like Miss Kitt. There are other well experienced actresses out there who would be excellent for this part for example "Halle Berry" etc.
If you Oppose of Beyonce from portraying Eartha Kitt.
PLEASE SIGN BELOW
Thankyou for supporting this great Cause
I like her version of Santa Baby. I look foreard to hearing that song throughout the Christmas holidays. It will have more meaning to me now that she is gone.
RIP Ms. Kitt
I met Eartha when I was in 6th grade at Holy Angels Elementary School in Chicago. She visited our church and we sang songs for her. She was larger than life back then.
RIP EARTHA KITT SHE WAS A TRAILBLAZER FOR BLACK WOMEN AGAIN R.I.P.!!
MY CONDOLENCES...MY FATHER LOVED HER, FAREWELL MY LOVELY.
I love love love me some Eartha Kitt.
Eartha will be sorely missed.
aawwh. ok..so sad. RIP Eartha Kitt. she bears a striking resemblance to my aunt. Wow!
that's an earliar picture of her. Wow she looks like my relatives...
I need to do a genealogy trace...lol
Did she die from old age or what? I wonder how soon a movie is going to be made about her and who will be vying for her role.
ONE OF MY BEST PERFORMANCE THAT I SURE-NUFF HABIT-FORM HER ACT IN WAS ST. LOUIS BLUES, STARING NAT KING COLE, PEARL BAILEY, AND A HOST OF BLACK UP COMIMG ACTRESS LIKE THE ONE AND ONLY, RUBY DEE.
M A R C U S Darlinnnnnnnnnnnn!
I don't have any panties on! yes ms Kitt you were the truth it's all to the good you lived a lNG beautiful life you in a better place.
your classic cut "Were is my man" well you are with the only MAN now see you when i get there sweetie you will be missed!
WHY THE HELL ISNT THIS THE HEAD STORY! IF IT WASN'T FOR EARTHA BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS WITH HER HARD WORK, THERE WOULD BE NO BEYONCE OR RIHANNA. AINT THAT ABOUT A ***.
I LOVE HER CHRISTMAS SONG "SANTA BABY". IT IS A TIMELESS CLASSIC. THANK YOU MS. KITT AND RIP.
I COULD SEE THANDIE NEWTON PLAYING EARTHA KITT. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE LIFE EARTHA KITT LIVED. HOWEVER, BEYONCE WASN'T SO BAD AT BEING ETTA JAMES.
R.I.P ...EARTHA KITT..I STILL REMEMBER HER PLAYIN IN BOOMERANG SHE HAD ME ROLLIN' ..SHE WOULD BE MISSED
BLESSINGS TO THE FAMILY!!!!!!!!
R.I.P I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW SHE WAS SICK. I WAS JUST WATCHING HER ON LIVING SINGLE THE OTHER DAY.
@BUTTABABY...THAT'S SO TRUE! I FEEL YOU.
Rest in Peace Ms. Kitt.
Lord, please forgive me...................but
She probably heard Beyonce wanted to play her in a movie, and her poor heart gave out.........:)
i LOVED HER...RIP PURRRRRRR
She saw a Purfect Diva!
Entertaining, interesting, classy diva! RIP Eartha -- you really did your thing in a big way and we all appreciate it!
R.I.P. Ms.Kitt...I will always remember the way you filled that Catsuit out as Catwoman in the Batman series from back in the day..Real Talk.
I was so saddened to hear about her passing.
May she R.I.P.
R.I.P Eartha Kitt.
I guess Beyonce will be playing her now because Eartha's last wish was for Beyonce to play her in a movie about her life. Rhianna look just like Eartha though too bad she probably can't hardly act worth sh.t. I would choose Beyonce in playing the role over Rhianna anyway because Beyonce's a much better actress and she's had acting lessons which rhi hasn't.
You guys are late I told you about Eartha Kitts death I think I should get paid!!! but seriously RIP Eartha Kitt aka black catwoman!!