Eartha Kitt

Highest Rated: 100% The Sweatbox (2002)
Birthday: Jan 17, 1927
Birthplace: North, South Carolina, USA
Born in the South and raised in Harlem, sultry black actress/singer Eartha Kitt attended New York's High School of Performing Arts. After touring with Katherine Dunham's dance troupe, Kitt headlined at choice nightclubs in both Paris and the U.S. She made her acting debut as Helen of Troy in Orson Welles' 1951 staging of Faust. The following year, she came to Broadway in the musical revue New Faces of 1952 in which she stopped the show on a nightly basis with her sensuous rendition of "C'est Si Bon." It was the first of many top-ten hits for Kitt, who was one of a handful of black performers of the 1950s to receive regular air play on "white" radio stations. Subsequent Broadway appearances included the role of Mehitabel the alley cat in the 1958 musical Shinbone Alley. Though considered a "crossover" performer, Kitt's movie appearances were often confined to films with predominantly African American casts, e.g. Anna Lucasta (1958) and St. Louis Blues (1958). She made several well-received TV guest appearances in the 1950s and 1960s, unexpectedly gaining a flock of preteen fans for her portrayal of The Catwoman on a 1967 installment of Batman. Never one to shy away from controversy, Kitt was banned from the White House for several years after making a series of anti-Vietnam statements within earshot of Lady Bird Johnson. Nor has she been a controversial figure only to the white mainstream: she was once booed off the stage of Harlem's Apollo Theatre, reportedly because the audience didn't care for her condescending onstage demeanor. After several years in England, Kitt returned to the U.S. to co-star in the 1975 Pam Grier vehicle Friday Foster. Back on Broadway in 1978, Kitt starred in the musical Timbuktu, an all-black reworking of the old stage chestnut Kismet. Her sporadic film appearances from 1980 onward included her manic (and all too brief) portrayal of a centuries-old witch in Ernest Scared Stupid (1991). Eartha Kitt authored several books of memoirs, and in 1982 was the subject of the documentary film All By Myself. She died on Christmas Day in 2008 after a battle with colon cancer.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
90% Carmen and Geoffrey Actor 2009
No Score Yet I Know a Woman Like That Actor 2009
No Score Yet Cooking with B. Smith and Friends - Appetizers Actor 2009
17% And Then Came Love Mona 2007
36% On the One Ms. Nettie $0.4M 2005
No Score Yet Living Doll Actor 2005
No Score Yet James Dean: Sense Memories Actor 2005
0% Kronk's New Groove Yzma 2005
No Score Yet Divas of Dance Actor 2005
77% Holes Madame Zeroni $67.4M 2003
No Score Yet Santa, Baby Emerald 2003
100% The Sweatbox Actor 2002
No Score Yet The Feast of All Saints Lola Dede 2001
85% The Emperor's New Groove Yzma $87.4M 2000
27% I Woke Up Early the Day I Died Cult Leader 1998
No Score Yet The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story Bagheera 1998
No Score Yet Ill Gotten Gains The Wood 1997
48% Harriet the Spy Agatha K. Plummer 1996
80% Unzipped Herself 1995
18% Fatal Instinct First Trial Judge 1993
44% Boomerang Lady Eloise 1992
17% Ernest Scared Stupid Old Lady Hackmore 1991
No Score Yet Living Doll Mrs. Swartz 1990
47% Erik the Viking Freya 1989
No Score Yet Anything but Love Herself 1989
No Score Yet Master of Dragonard Hill Naomi 1988
No Score Yet The Pink Chiquitas Betty, the Meteor 1987
No Score Yet All by Myself: The Eartha Kitt Story Actor 1983
No Score Yet Friday Foster Madame Rena 1975
No Score Yet Up the Chastity Belt (Naughty Knights) Actor 1971
No Score Yet Seventy Times Seven Actor 1961
No Score Yet Anna Lucasta Anna Lucasta 1959
No Score Yet The Mark of the Hawk Renee 1958
No Score Yet St. Louis Blues Gogo Germaine 1958
No Score Yet New Faces Herself 1954
No Score Yet Casbah Herself 1948
No Score Yet New Faces Actor 1937

TV

CREDIT
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2010
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
Voice
  • 2009
  • 2006
No Score Yet Living Single
1993-1998
Eartha Kitt
  • 1995
No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
Priestess
  • 1985
93% Batman
1966-1968
Catwoman
  • 1968
  • 1967
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Tina Mara
  • 1967
No Score Yet 48 Hours
1988
Guest

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