Thursday, June 7, 2012

Purrrfectly poised Style Icon: Eartha Kitt


"My recipe for life is not being afraid of myself, afraid of what I think or of my opinions."

Earth Kitt seduced many with her presence on Broadway, in her music, on television and in movies. Her career spanned six decades with versatility and grace. She, along with Lena Horne, were among the first African-American sex symbols. She was fearless, groundbreaking and the very definition of glamour.

She recorded a string of hits like  "Love for Sale," "C'est Si Bon," and Mink Schmink" and of course the hit that catapulted her to super stardom, her rendition of "Santa Baby"

Legendary film director Orson Welles was smitten with her and famously proclaimed her “the most exciting woman alive.” He casted her as Helen of Troy in "Dr Faustus," which kicked off her career as one of Hollywood's most in-demand Black actresses. She appeared in films like "Carmen Jones" and "Uncle Tom's Cabin," but it was her role as Catwoman on the 1960s television series "Batman" that made her an icon. 

Eartha Kitt as Catwoman in the 1960s Batman TV series. 

Her role as Catwoman became synonymous with her name. Her trademark sultry growl 
became imitated worldwide. She often referenced the feline character by draping herself in leopard or tiger print.

Notice that everyone is captured by her presence.
London's Paddington Station 1960.
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Her voice was very distinctive and captivated many generations. Kids might know her as the animated voice, Yzma (the villain) In the Disney movie "The Emperor's New Groove,"  and the TV series "The Emperor's New School."  
Yzma  
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A few of the her many album covers. 

The style and grace of Eartha Kitt: 

16 comments:

  1. OMG! I love those black and white photos. They are my favorite. She's adorable. Thanks for following me and for your lovely comment on my Blog. I am following you right away. Xoxo

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    1. Right, aren't they such classics!?

      You're welcome Dalton and thanks!:)

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  2. Hi dear, excellent feature, she is so stylish and graceful, I had no idea about all the work she has done. Hope you are well, still on vacation...

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    1. Hi Sam! We're glad you could find time on your vacation to check out our blog! It was really fun researching and learning more about her.

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    1. Thanks Riyana! We give all the credit to Miss Eartha, she's a beauty.

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  4. She is so gorgeous...great bone structure!

    xoxo
    Stella

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    1. We know right! People get plastic surgery for her bone structure!

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  5. Love these photos, brings back so many memories :D Great post, thanks for sharing
    xx

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    1. Aww, we're happy to hear that and thanks! :)

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  6. She was such a beautiful and amazing woman. Wow. I love this post. That photo of her in the London train station is particularly fabulous. :)

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  7. I love the old Batman and Robin episodes!!! She was such a good catwoman!

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