"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.
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."
|A few of the her many album covers.|
The style and grace of Eartha Kitt: