Thu 25 Dec, 2008 05:16 pm
NEW YORK " 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 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.
Wow, she was recently booked at Jazz Alley in Seattle and I considered going. Anyone know if her show was good till the end?
Here is the song I most associate with Eartha.
She was also a great catwoman:
Edgar, I think of you as the Undertaker of A2K with all these death notices.
Hawkeye, you're a fellow Seattle-ite??? That would have been a great show.
Kinda, about an hour away.....Been to Jazz Alley half a dozen times, not a bad show or bad meal yet.
Wonderful woman, singer, and damn fine politics.
She was an original. May she R.I.P.
I had the good fortune to see her in her first Broadweay show "New Faces of 1952" in which she sang "Monotonous" which in my opinion was even sexier than her rendition of "Santa, Baby".
She always made me want to be Santa Clause.