The Info List - 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
Orson Welles
once called her the "most exciting woman in the world".[3] Kitt began her career in 1942 and appeared in the 1945 original Broadway theatre
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
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
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
Kronk's New Groove
(2005), as well as the animated series The Emperor's New School
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.


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Career peaks 2.2 The " White House
White House
Incident" 2.3 Blacklisting
and CIA
defamation 2.4 Broadway 2.5 Voice-over 2.6 Later years

2.6.1 1980s 2.6.2 1990s 2.6.3 2000s

3 Personal life 4 Activism 5 Death 6 Awards and nominations 7 Discography 8 Filmography 9 Television 10 Documentary 11 Stage work 12 References 13 External links

13.1 Video / audio footage 13.2 Further reading

Early life[edit] Kitt was born Eartha Mae Keith on a cotton plantation near the small town of North in Orangeburg County, South Carolina
Orangeburg County, South Carolina
on January 17, 1927.[1] Her mother Annie Mae Keith was of Cherokee
and African descent. Though it remains unconfirmed, it has been widely reported that her father was of German descent and that Kitt was conceived by rape.[4][5][6] She had no knowledge of her father except that his surname was Keith and that he was supposedly a son of the owner of the farm where she had been born.[4] Newspaper obituaries state that her white father was "a poor cotton farmer".[7] In an August 2013 biography, British journalist John Williams claimed that Kitt's father was a white man, a local doctor named Daniel Sturkie. However, Kitt's daughter Kitt Shapiro has questioned the accuracy of the claim.[8] Kitt was raised by Annie Mae Keith, later changed to Annie Mae Riley, a black woman whom the girl believed to be her mother. When she was eight, Annie Mae went to live with a black man, but he refused to accept Kitt because of her relatively pale complexion,[4] so the girl lived with another family until Riley's death. She was then sent to live in New York City with Mamie Keitt, where she attended the Metropolitan Vocational High School (later renamed the High School of Performing Arts).[9] Career[edit]

Kitt photographed by Carl Van Vechten, October 19, 1952

Kitt began her career as a member of the Katherine Dunham Company in 1943 and remained a member of the troupe until 1948. A talented singer with a distinctive voice, she recorded the hits "Let's Do It", "Champagne Taste", "C'est si bon" (which Stan Freberg
Stan Freberg
famously burlesqued), "Just an Old Fashioned Girl", "Monotonous", "Je cherche un homme", "Love for Sale", "I'd Rather Be Burned as a Witch", "Kâtibim" (a Turkish melody), "Mink, Schmink", "Under the Bridges of Paris" and her most recognizable hit "Santa Baby", which was released in 1953. Kitt's unique style was enhanced as she became fluent in French during her years performing in Europe. She spoke four languages (she is thought to have learnt German and Dutch from her step father, English from her mother, and French from the European cabaret circuit)[4][need quotation to verify] and sang in eleven, which she effortlessly demonstrated in many of the live recordings of her cabaret performances. Career peaks[edit]

Kitt asleep on a bus, 1962

In 1950, Orson Welles
Orson Welles
gave Kitt her first starring role as Helen of Troy in his staging of Dr. Faustus. Two years later, she was cast in the revue New Faces of 1952, introducing "Monotonous" and "Bal, Petit Bal", two songs with which she is still identified. In 1954, 20th Century Fox distributed an independently-filmed version of the revue entitled New Faces, in which she performed "Monotonous", "Uska Dara", "C'est si bon",[10] and "Santa Baby". Though it is often alleged that Welles and Kitt had an affair during her 1957 run in Shinbone Alley, Kitt categorically denied this in a June 2001 interview with George Wayne of Vanity Fair. "I never had sex with Orson Welles," Kitt told Vanity Fair: "It was a working situation and nothing else."[11] Her other films in the 1950s included The Mark of the Hawk
The Mark of the Hawk
(1957), St. Louis Blues (1958) and Anna Lucasta (1958). Throughout the rest of the 1950s and early 1960s, she recorded; worked in film, television, and nightclubs; and returned to the Broadway stage, in Mrs. Patterson (during the 1954–1955 season), Shinbone Alley (in 1957), and the short-lived Jolly's Progress (in 1959).[12] In 1964, Kitt helped open the Circle Star Theater in San Carlos, California.In the late 1960s, Batman featured Kitt as Catwoman
after Julie Newmar
Julie Newmar
had left the show in 1967.

Kitt as Catwoman
in the Batman television series, 1967

The " White House
White House
Incident"[edit] In January 1968,[13] during Lyndon B. Johnson's administration, Kitt encountered a substantial professional setback after she made anti-war statements during a White House
White House
luncheon.[14][15] Kitt was asked by Lady Bird Johnson
Lady Bird Johnson
about the Vietnam War. She replied: "You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. No wonder the kids rebel and take pot."[16] During a question and answer session, Kitt stated:

The children of America are not rebelling for no reason. They are not hippies for no reason at all. We don't have what we have on Sunset Blvd. for no reason. They are rebelling against something. There are so many things burning the people of this country, particularly mothers. They feel they are going to raise sons – and I know what it's like, and you have children of your own, Mrs. Johnson – we raise children and send them to war.

Her remarks reportedly caused Mrs. Johnson to burst into tears and led to a derailment in Kitt's career. Blacklisting
and CIA
defamation[edit] Following the incident, Kitt found herself unemployable, so she devoted her energies to performances in Europe and Asia. It is said that Kitt's career in the United States was ended following her comments about the Vietnam War, after which she was branded "a sadistic nymphomaniac" by the CIA.[8] Her government-led blacklisting was enshrined in a false and defamatory CIA
dossier about Kitt discovered by Seymour Hersh
Seymour Hersh
in 1975. Hersh published an article about the dossier in The New York Times.[17] The dossier contained comments about Kitt's sex life and family history, along with negative opinions of her that were held by former colleagues. Kitt's response to the dossier was to say "I don't understand what this is about. I think it's disgusting."[17] Broadway[edit] In the 1970s, Kitt appeared on television several times on BBC's long running variety show, The Good Old Days, and took over from fellow American Dolores Gray
Dolores Gray
in the London West End production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies
and returned at the end of that run to star in a one-woman-show at the same Shaftesbury Theatre, both to tremendous acclaim. In both those shows performing the show-stopping theatrical anthem "I'm Still Here". Kitt returned to New York City in a triumphant turn in the Broadway spectacle Timbuktu! (a version of the perennial Kismet, set in Africa) in 1978. In the musical, one song gives a "recipe" for mahoun, a preparation of cannabis, in which her sultry purring rendition of the refrain "constantly stirring with a long wooden spoon" was distinctive. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance. In the late 1990s, she appeared as the Wicked Witch of the West
Wicked Witch of the West
in the North American national touring company of The Wizard of Oz. In 2000, Kitt again returned to Broadway in the short-lived run of Michael John LaChiusa's The Wild Party. Beginning in late 2000, Kitt starred as the Fairy Godmother
Fairy Godmother
in the U.S. national tour of Cinderella. In 2003, she replaced Chita Rivera
Chita Rivera
in Nine. Kitt reprised her role as the Fairy Godmother at a special engagement of Cinderella, which took place at Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center
during the holiday season of 2004. From October to early December 2006, Kitt co-starred in the off-Broadway musical Mimi le Duck. Voice-over[edit] In 1978, Kitt did the voice-over in a television commercial for the album Aja by the rock group Steely Dan. One of her more unusual roles was as Kaa
in a 1994 BBC Radio
BBC Radio
adaptation of The Jungle Book. Kitt also lent her distinctive voice to Yzma
in The Emperor's New Groove (for which she won her first Annie Award) and reprised her role in Kronk's New Groove
Kronk's New Groove
and The Emperor's New School, for which she won two Emmy Awards and, in 2007–08, two more Annie Awards for Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production. Kitt had voiced Vexus in My Life as a Teenage Robot. Later years[edit] 1980s[edit] In 1984, she returned to the music charts with a disco song titled "Where Is My Man", the first certified gold record of her career. "Where Is My Man" reached the Top 40 on the UK Singles Chart, where it peaked at No. 36;[18] the song became a standard in discos and dance clubs of the time and made the Top 10 on the US Billboard dance chart, where it reached No. 7.[19] The single was followed by the album I Love Men
I Love Men
on the Record Shack label. Kitt found new audiences in nightclubs across the UK and the United States, including a whole new generation of gay male fans, and she responded by frequently giving benefit performances in support of HIV/AIDS
organizations. Her 1989 follow-up hit "Cha-Cha Heels" (featuring Bronski Beat), which was originally intended to be recorded by Divine, received a positive response from UK dance clubs and reached No. 32 in the charts in that country. 1990s[edit] Kitt appeared with Jimmy James and George Burns
George Burns
at a fundraiser in 1990 produced by Scott Sherman, agent from the Atlantic Entertainment Group. It was arranged that James would impersonate Kitt and then Kitt would walk out to take the microphone. This was met with a standing ovation.[20] In 1991, Kitt returned to the screen in Ernest Scared Stupid as Old Lady Hackmore. In 1992, she had a supporting role as Lady Eloise in Boomerang. In 1995, Kitt appeared as herself in an episode of The Nanny, where she performed a song in French and flirted with Maxwell Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy). In November 1996, she appeared in an episode of Celebrity Jeopardy!. 2000s[edit] Kitt was the spokesperson for MAC Cosmetics' Smoke Signals collection in August 2007. She re-recorded "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" for the occasion, was showcased on the MAC website, and the song was played at all MAC locations carrying the collection for the month. She also appeared in the 2007 independent film And Then Came Love opposite Vanessa Williams. In her later years, Kitt made annual appearances in the New York Manhattan cabaret scene at venues such as the Ballroom and the Café Carlyle.[21] In April 2008, just months before her death, Eartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt
appeared at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. The performance was recorded and is available on DVD " Eartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt
Live at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival". It includes "Alone" – an autobiographical reflection in song. She was also a guest star in "Once Upon a Time in Springfield" of The Simpsons, where she was depicted as one of Krusty's past marriages. Personal life[edit]

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Kitt at the Carlton Tower hotel in London, 1973

After romances with the cosmetics magnate Charles Revson and banking heir John Barry Ryan III, she married John William McDonald, an associate of a real estate investment company, on June 6, 1960.[22] They had one child, a daughter named Kitt McDonald, born on November 26, 1961. They divorced in 1965. A long-time Connecticut
resident, Eartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt
lived in a converted barn on a sprawling farm in the Merryall section of New Milford for many years and was active in local charities and causes throughout Litchfield County. She later moved to Pound Ridge, New York, but returned in 2002 to the southern Fairfield County Connecticut
town of Weston, in order to be near her daughter Kitt and family. Her daughter, Kitt, married Charles Lawrence Shapiro in 1987[23] and had two children: Jason Shapiro and Rachel Shapiro. Activism[edit] Kitt was active in numerous social causes in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1966, she established the Kittsville Youth Foundation, a chartered and non-profit organization for underprivileged youths in the Watts area of Los Angeles.[24] She was also involved with a group of youths in the area of Anacostia
in Washington, D.C., who called themselves "Rebels with a Cause". Kitt supported the groups' efforts to clean up streets and establish recreation areas in an effort to keep them out of trouble by testifying with them before the House General Subcommittee on Education of the Committee on Education and Labor. In her testimony, in May 1967, Kitt stated that the Rebels' "achievements and accomplishments should certainly make the adult 'do-gooders' realize that these young men and women have performed in 1 short year – with limited finances – that which was not achieved by the same people who might object to turning over some of the duties of planning, rehabilitation, and prevention of juvenile delinquents and juvenile delinquency to those who understand it and are living it". She added that "the Rebels could act as a model for all urban areas throughout the United States with similar problems".[25] "Rebels with a Cause" subsequently received the needed funding.[26] Kitt was also a member of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, thus her criticism of the Vietnam War
Vietnam War
and its connection to poverty and racial unrest in 1968 can be seen as part of a larger commitment to peace activism.[27] Like many politically active public figures of her time, Kitt was under surveillance by the CIA, beginning in 1956. After the New York Times
New York Times
discovered the CIA
file on Kitt in 1975, she granted the paper permission to print portions of the report, stating: "I have nothing to be afraid of and I have nothing to hide."[17] Kitt later became a vocal advocate for LGBT rights
LGBT rights
and publicly supported same-sex marriage, which she considered a civil right. She had been quoted as saying: "I support it [gay marriage] because we're asking for the same thing. If I have a partner and something happens to me, I want that partner to enjoy the benefits of what we have reaped together. It's a civil-rights thing, isn't it?"[28] Kitt famously appeared at many LGBT fundraisers, including a mega event in Baltimore, Maryland, with George Burns
George Burns
and Jimmy James.[20] Scott Sherman, an agent at Atlantic Entertainment Group, stated: "Eartha Kitt is fantastic... appears at so many LGBT events in support of civil rights." In a 1992 interview with Dr. Anthony Clare, Kitt spoke about her gay following, saying:

We're all rejected people, we know what it is to be refused, we know what it is to be oppressed, depressed, and then, accused, and I am very much cognizant of that feeling. Nothing in the world is more painful than rejection. I am a rejected, oppressed person, and so I understand them, as best as I can, even though I am a heterosexual.[29]

Death[edit] Kitt died from colon cancer on Christmas Day
Christmas Day
2008, at her home in Weston, Connecticut.[30][31] Her daughter, Kitt Shapiro, discussed her last days with her mother:[32]

I was with her when she died. She left this world literally screaming at the top of her lungs. I was with her constantly, she lived not even 3 miles from my house, we were together practically every day. She was home for the last few weeks when the doctor told us there was nothing they could do any more. Up until the last two days, she was still moving around. The doctor told us she will leave very quickly and her body will just start to shut down. But when she left, she left the world with a bang, she left it how she lived it. She screamed her way out of here, literally. I truly believe her survival instincts were so part of her DNA that she was not going to go quietly or willingly. It was just the two of us hanging out [during the last days] she was very funny. We didn't have to [talk] because I always knew how she felt about me. I was the love of her life, so the last part of her life we didn't have to have these heart to heart talks.

She started to see people that weren't there. She thought I could see them too, but, of course, I couldn't. I would make fun of her like, "I'm going to go in the other room and you stay here and talk to your friends."

Awards and nominations[edit] Kitt won awards for her film, television, and stage work. In 1960, the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
honored her with a star, which can be found on 6656 Hollywood Boulevard.[33] Discography[edit] Main article: Eartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt
discography Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes

1948 Casbah Uncredited Film debut

1949-51 unknown unknown It is noted in the original sleeve notes of Kitt's first musical release in the United Kingdom, That Bad Eartha
That Bad Eartha
10" LP, that during her time in Paris, before her brief return to the United Kingdom in 1951, "she made two films in the French capital".[34] This fact is also supported by many of her biographies.[35] Currently only one of these films is known.[36]

1951 Parigi è sempre Parigi Cabaret
Singer, Herself

1954 New Faces Herself First credited film role, launched mainstream career

1957 The Mark of the Hawk Renee

1958 St. Louis Blues Gogo Germaine

1958 Anna Lucasta Anna Lucasta

1961 Saint of Devil's Island Annette

1965 Uncle Tom's Cabin Singer (uncredited)

Synanon Betty

1971 Up the Chastity Belt Scheherazade

1975 Friday Foster Madame Rena

1979 Butterflies in Heat Lola

1985 The Serpent Warriors Snake Priestess

1987 Master of Dragonard Hill Naomi

Dragonard Naomi

The Pink Chiquitas Betty / The Meteor (voice)

1989 Erik the Viking Freya

1990 Living Doll Mrs. Swartz

1991 Ernest Scared Stupid Old Lady Hackmore

1992 Boomerang Lady Eloise

1993 Fatal Instinct First Trial Judge

1996 Harriet the Spy Agatha K. Plummer

1997 Ill Gotten Gains The Wood (Voice)

1998 I Woke Up Early The Day I Died Cult Leader

Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story Bagheera (voice)

2000 The Emperor's New Groove Yzma

Won: Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement For Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Feature Production Nominated: Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress

2003 Holes Madame Zeroni

2005 Preaching to the Choir Ms. Nettie

Kronk's New Groove Yzma

2007 And Then Came Love Mona Last motion picture appearance[37]


Year Title Episode Role Notes

1965 I Spy "The Loser" Angel

Nominated: Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

1967 Mission: Impossible "The Traitor" Tina Maria

1967-1968 Batman "The Joke's on Catwoman" "The Funny Feline Felonies" "Catwoman's Dressed to Kill" Catwoman

1972 Lieutenant Schuster's Wife (TV movie)


1974 The Protectors "A Pocketful of Posies" Carrie Blaine

1978 Police Woman "Tigress" Amelia

To Kill a Cop (TV movie)


1983 A Night on the Town (TV movie)

1985 Miami Vice "Whatever Works" Priestess Chata

1989 After Dark "Rock Bottom?"

Extended appearance on discussion programme, together with Simon Napier-Bell and Pat Kane among others

1993 Jack's Place "The Seventh Meal" Isabel Lang

Matrix "Moths to a Flame" Sister Rowena

1994 Space Ghost Coast to Coast Batmantis Herself

1995 The Magic School Bus "Going Batty" Mrs. Franklin (voice)

New York Undercover "Student Affairs" Mrs. Stubbs

Living Single "He Works Hard for the Money" Jacqueline Richards

Nominated: NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

1996 The Nanny "A Pup in Paris" herself

1998 The Wild Thornberrys "Flood Warning" Lioness #1 (voice)

1999 The Famous Jett Jackson "Field of Dweebs" Albertine Whethers

2000 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child "The Snow Queen" The Snow Queen
The Snow Queen

Welcome to New York "The Car" "Jim Gets a Car" June

2001 The Feast of All Saints (TV movie)

Lola Dede

Santa, Baby! (TV movie)

Emerald (voice)

2005 Escape from Cluster Prime (TV movie)

Vexus (voice)

My Life as a Teenage Robot 7 episodes Queen Vexus
Queen Vexus

2006-2008 The Emperor's New School


Won: Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Television Production (2007–2008) Won: Daytime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Performer In An Animated Program (2007–2008)

2007 American Dad! "Dope and Faith" Fortune Teller (voice)

2009 The Wonder Pets "Save the Cool Cat and the Hip Hippo/Tuck and Buck" Cool Cat (voice)

Won: Daytime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Performer In An Animated Program

2010 The Simpsons "Once Upon a Time in Springfield" Herself (voice) Aired posthumously


Year Film Role

1982 All by Myself: The Eartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt
Story (Documentary) Herself

1995 Unzipped (Documentary) Herself

2002 The Making and Meaning of We Are Family (Documentary) Herself

The Sweatbox (Documentary) Herself

Stage work[edit]

Year Title Location Role Notes

1945 Blue Holiday Broadway Performer as a member of the Katherine Dunham Troupe; a short-lived production at the Belasco Theatre[38]

Carib Song Broadway Company as a member of the Katherine Dunham Troupe; performed at the Adelphi Theatre as an Original Broadway production[38]

1946 Bal Nègre Broadway, and Europe Performer as a member of the Katherine Dunham Troupe; widely acclaimed Concert at the Belasco Theatre[38]

unknown Mexico Performer performed successfully as a member of the Katherine Dunham Troupe which was under contract with Teatro Americano for more than two months at the request of Doris Duke[38]

1948 Caribbean Rhapsody West End, and Paris Chorus girl as a member of the Katherine Dunham Troupe; performed at the Prince of Wales Theatre (West End) and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (Paris)[34][38]

1949-50 unknown Paris Herself, Performer first solo show / leading performance; performed at Carroll's Niterie; is where Orson Welles
Orson Welles
discovered her[34][39][40]

1950 Time Runs Paris[41] Helen of Troy In segment based on Faust; performed "Hungry Little Trouble" written by Duke Ellington; cast by Orson Welles[34]

An Evening With Orson Welles Frankfurt[42]

1951 Dr. Faustus Paris with Orson Welles

1952 New Faces of 1952 Broadway Polynesian girl, Featured dancer, Featured singer

1954 Mrs. Patterson Broadway Theodora (Teddy) Hicks Original Broadway production

1957 Shinbone Alley Broadway Mehitabel Original Broadway production

1959 Jolly's Progress Broadway Jolly Rivers

1965 The Owl and the Pussycat U.S. National tour Performer

1967 Peg Regional (US)

1970 The High Bid London Performer

1972 Bunny London Performer

1974 Bread and Beans and Things Aquarius Theater[43] Performer

1976 A Musical Jubilee U.S. National tour Performer

1978 Timbuktu! Broadway Shaleem-La-Lume

Nominated: Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress in a Musical

1980 Cowboy and the Legend Regional (US) Performer

1982 New Faces of 1952
New Faces of 1952
(Revival) Off-Off-Broadway Polynesian girl Featured dancer Featured singer

1985 Blues in the Night U.S. National tour Performer

1987 Follies
(London Revival) London Carlotta Campion Replacement for Dolores Gray

1989 Aladdin Palace Theatre, Manchester Performer

1989 Eartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt
in Concert London Performer

1994 Yes Edinburgh Performer

1995 Sam's Song Unitarian Church of All Souls Performer Benefit concert

1996 Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill Chicago Performer

1998 The Wizard of Oz (return engagement) off-Broadway U.S. National tour Performer

2000 The Wild Party Broadway Delores Original Broadway production

Nominated: Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Featured Actress in a Musical Nominated: Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Cinderella Madison Square Garden, and U.S. National tour Fairy Godmother

2003 Nine Broadway Liliane La Fleur Replacement for Chita Rivera

2004 Cinderella
( New York City Opera
New York City Opera
revival) David H. Koch Theater Fairy Godmother

2006 Mimi le Duck Off-Off-Broadway Madame Vallet

2007 All About Us Westport Country Playhouse Performer


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"An Evening with Eartha Kitt". Say Brother. WGBH-TV. September 14, 1979. "Singer And Actress Eartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt
Dies". All Things Considered. NPR. December 25, 2008. " Eartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt
on Piano Jazz". Piano Jazz. NPR. May 1, 2009 (recorded February 12, 1993). "Eartha Kitt". National Visionary Leadership Project.

Further reading[edit]

Walsh, David (December 27, 2008). "Harold Pinter and Eartha Kitt, artists and opponents of imperialist war". World Socialist Web Site. Gent, Helen (May 4, 2009). "Eartha Kitt: The Feline Femme Fatale". Marie Claire
Marie Claire
(Australia). Williams, John L. (2013), America's Mistress: the Life and Times of Eartha Kitt, Quercus.

Preceded by Lee Meriwether Catwoman 1967–1968 Succeeded by Michelle Pfeiffer

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Eartha Kitt

Studio albums

That Bad Eartha
That Bad Eartha
(1953) Revisited (1960) I Love Men
I Love Men


"Monotonous" "Uska Dara" "C'est si bon" "Santa Baby" "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love" "Under the Bridges of Paris" "Just an Old Fashioned Girl" "You're My Man" "Where Is My Man"



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Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production

Hank Azaria/Ming-Na (1998) Eli Marienthal
Eli Marienthal
(1999) Tim Allen/ Joan Cusack
Joan Cusack
(2000) Eddie Murphy/ Eartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt
(2001) Daveigh Chase
Daveigh Chase
(2002) Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres
(2003) Brad Bird
Brad Bird
(2004) Peter Sallis
Peter Sallis
(2005) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(2006) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(2007) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(2008) Jennifer Cody (2009) Jay Baruchel
Jay Baruchel
(2010) Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy
(2011) Alan Tudyk
Alan Tudyk
(2012) Josh Gad
Josh Gad
(2013) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(2014) Phyllis Smith
Phyllis Smith
(2015) Jason Bateman/ Auliʻi Cravalho
Auliʻi Cravalho
(2016) Anthony Gonzalez (2017)

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Daytime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program

Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin
(1995) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(1996) Louie Anderson
Louie Anderson
(1997) Louie Anderson
Louie Anderson
(1998) Rob Paulsen
Rob Paulsen
(1999) James Woods
James Woods
(2000) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(2001) Charles Shaughnessy
Charles Shaughnessy
(2002) Gregory Hines (2003) Joe Alaskey (2004) Henry Winkler
Henry Winkler
(2005) Maile Flanagan
Maile Flanagan
(2006) Eartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt
(2007) Eartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt
(2008) Jim Ward (2009) Eartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt
(2010) Danny Jacobs (2011) June Foray
June Foray
(2012) David Tennant
David Tennant
(2013) Hayley Faith Negrin
Hayley Faith Negrin
(2014) Danny Jacobs (2015) Jeff Bennett (2016) Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer

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