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Eartha Kitt



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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
90% Carmen and Geoffrey
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Cooking with B. Smith and Friends - Appetizers
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet I Know a Woman Like That
  • Actor
2009
17% And Then Came Love
  • Mona
2007
36% On the One
  • Ms. Nettie
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
No Score Yet Divas of Dance
  • Actor
2005
77% Holes
  • Madame Zeroni
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
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
No Score Yet Tropic of Desire
  • Actor
1997
48% Harriet the Spy
  • Agatha K. Plummer
1996
79% Unzipped
  • Herself
1995
19% Fatal Instinct
  • First Trial Judge
1993
40% Boomerang
  • Lady Eloise
1992
17% Ernest Scared Stupid
  • Old Lady Hackmore
1991
No Score Yet Eartha Kitt - "The Most Exciting Woman in the World"
  • Actor
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 Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Actor
1970
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 Tales of Courage
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet New Faces
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet Golden Age of Musicals
  • Actor
1930

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
No Score Yet 48 Hours
1988
  • Guest
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Catwoman

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