Slinky, sensuous and cat-like, Kitt described herself as a "sex
kitten" and used her seductive purr to charm audiences across the world.
Actor-director Orson Welles once called Kitt "the most exciting
woman alive" and, along with Lena Horne, she was one of the first
African-American sex symbols.
Kitt picked up a string of awards during her long career, winning
two Emmys and being nominated for a third, as well as a Grammy. She
also had two Tony nominations.
Her hit songs included "C'est Si Bon," "Let's Do It" and "Just an
Old Fashioned Girl." She also was widely associated with Christmas
because of her hit "Santa Baby." The song, recorded in 1953, went gold
this year and she received the gold record before she died, Freedman
Despite those accolades, Kitt may have been at her best in her
nightclub act, which allowed her to use her feline, seductive manner to
"She loved cabaret performances," Freedman said. "If there was ever
an opportunity to do a small intimate venue with about 150 people, that
was always her preference."
I never got to see Kitt perform live, but loved her as Catwoman in the "Batman" movie, and was always amazed to see her strutting her stuff on stage, well into her 60s and 70s. She had such style ... it's so sad to hear of her passing, especially from cancer. She had apparently battled it a few years ago, and when it came back after a period of remission, she knew that her time might be short.
What are your memories of Eartha Kitt? Are there any actresses of today that you think stand up to her legendary career?