Thursday, December 25, 2008

Eartha Kitt, 1927-2008. R.I.P.

Singer and actress Earth Kitt died today of colon cancer. She was 81.

It is interesting that she should pass away on Christmas Day. Her best known song was "Santa Baby" which she recorded in 1953. She was known for her sexy sultry voice.

Kitt is probably best known for playing Catwoman on the Batman TV series in the mid-60s.

In 1968, Kitt fell out of favor when she lambasted LBJ for "sending children to die in Vietnam" at a White House Luncheon in the presence of Lady Bird Johnson.

After spending a decade in Europe, Kitt returned to the U.S. to perform concerts, on Broadway and landed the occasional movie role and continued to work to the very end. Earlier this year, she did an engagement at New York City's legendary Carlyle Cafe.

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