Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt

Gender: Female
Known for: Acting
Birthday: 1927-01-17
Deathday: 2008-12-25 (81 years old)

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Biography

Eartha Kitt (born Eartha Mae Keith; January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008) was an American singer, actress, comedian, dancer, and activist known for her highly distinctive singing style and her 1953 recordings of "C'est si bon" and the Christmas novelty song "Santa Baby". Orson Welles once called her the "most exciting woman in the world".Kitt began her career in 1942 and appeared in the 1945 original Broadway theatre production of the musical Carib Song. In the early 1950s, she had six US Top 30 entries, including "Uska Dara" and "I Want to Be Evil". Her other recordings include the UK Top 10 song "Under the Bridges of Paris" (1954), "Just an Old Fashioned Girl" (1956) and "Where Is My Man" (1983). She starred as Catwoman in the third and final season of the television series Batman in 1967.In 1968, her career in the U.S. deteriorated after she made anti-Vietnam War statements at a White House luncheon. Ten years later, Kitt 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 nominations. Her second was for the 2000 original production of the musical The Wild Party. Kitt wrote three autobiographies.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 (2005), as well as the animated series 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!.

Personal Life

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. They had one child, a daughter named Kitt McDonald, born on November 26, 1961 and baptized Catholic at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Kitt and McDonald divorced in 1965.A long-time Connecticut resident, 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.

Early Life

Eartha Mae Keith was born on a cotton plantation near the small town of North, South Carolina, or St. Matthews on January 17, 1927. Her mother Annie Mae Keith was of Cherokee and African descent. Though she had little knowledge of her father, it was reported that he was a son of the owner of the farm where she had been born, and that Kitt was conceived by rape. In a 2013 biography, British journalist John Williams claimed that Kitt's father was a white man, a local doctor named Daniel Sturkie. Kitt's daughter, Kitt McDonald Shapiro, has questioned the accuracy of the claim. Eartha's mother, Annie Mae Keith (later Annie Mae Riley), soon went to live with a black man who refused to accept Eartha because of her relatively pale complexion; she was raised by a relative named Aunt Rosa, in whose household she was abused. After the death of Annie Mae, Eartha was sent to live with another relative named Mamie Kitt (who may, in fact, have been her biological mother) in Harlem, New York City, where she attended the Metropolitan Vocational High School (later renamed the High School of Performing Arts).

Filmography

All 88

Movies 53

TV shows 35

Self 31

Voice 4

Self
Catwoman: The Feline Femme Fatale (2021)

Catwoman: The Feline Femme Fatale (2021)

Movie
Herself
The Apollo (2019)

The Apollo (2019)

Movie
Self / Catwoman (archival footage)
Do I Look Like a Lady? (Comedians and Singers) (2016)

Do I Look Like a Lady? (Comedians and Singers) (2016)

Movie
Self
Jazz Divas Gold (2013)

Jazz Divas Gold (2013)

Movie
Self
I Know a Woman Like That (2009)

I Know a Woman Like That (2009)

Movie
Mona
And Then Came Love (2007)

And Then Came Love (2007)

Movie
Yzma
The Emperor's New School (2006)

The Emperor's New School (2006)

TV show
6.33
Yzma
Kronk's New Groove (2005)

Kronk's New Groove (2005)

Movie
6.36
Vexus
My Life as a Teenage Robot: Escape from Cluster Prime (2005)

My Life as a Teenage Robot: Escape from Cluster Prime (2005)

Movie
Fortune Teller (voice)
American Dad! (2005)

American Dad! (2005)

TV show
6.34
Self - Host and Narrator
The Many Faces of Catwoman (2005)

The Many Faces of Catwoman (2005)

Movie
Herself
Hollywood's Creepiest Creatures (2004)

Hollywood's Creepiest Creatures (2004)

Movie
Self
The World of Nat King Cole (2004)

The World of Nat King Cole (2004)

Movie
My Life as a Teenage Robot (2003)

My Life as a Teenage Robot (2003)

TV show
6.13
Madame Zeroni
Holes (2003)

Holes (2003)

Movie
9
Self
The Sweatbox (2002)

The Sweatbox (2002)

Movie
Self (archive footage)
It's Black Entertainment (2002)

It's Black Entertainment (2002)

Movie
Self
The Making and Meaning of 'We Are Family' (2002)

The Making and Meaning of 'We Are Family' (2002)

Movie
Emerald
Santa, Baby! (2001)

Santa, Baby! (2001)

Movie
Lola Dede
Feast of All Saints (2001)

Feast of All Saints (2001)

Movie
Yzma
The Emperor's New Groove (2000)

The Emperor's New Groove (2000)

Movie
6.25
Welcome to New York (2000)

Welcome to New York (2000)

TV show
Where Are They Now? (1999)

Where Are They Now? (1999)

TV show
The Famous Jett Jackson (1998)

The Famous Jett Jackson (1998)

TV show
Cult Leader
I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998)

I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998)

Movie
Lioness #1 (voice)
The Wild Thornberrys (1998)

The Wild Thornberrys (1998)

TV show
6.2
Bagheera (voice)
The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story (1998)

The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story (1998)

Movie
The Wood
Ill Gotten Gains (1997)

Ill Gotten Gains (1997)

Movie
Agatha K. Plummer
Harriet the Spy (1996)

Harriet the Spy (1996)

Movie
Self
Unzipped (1995)

Unzipped (1995)

Movie
Self
James Dean and Me (1995)

James Dean and Me (1995)

Movie
New York Undercover (1994)

New York Undercover (1994)

TV show
1
Rupaul's Christmas Ball (1993)

Rupaul's Christmas Ball (1993)

Movie
Trial Judge
Fatal Instinct (1993)

Fatal Instinct (1993)

Movie
Self - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)

TV show
6
Sister Rowena
Matrix (1993)

Matrix (1993)

TV show
Herself (Archival)
Rhythm Divine - History of Disco Music (1992)

Rhythm Divine - History of Disco Music (1992)

Movie
Lady Eloise
Boomerang (1992)

Boomerang (1992)

Movie
7.5
Jack's Place (1992)

Jack's Place (1992)

TV show
Old Lady Hackmore
Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)

Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)

Movie
5.42
Mrs. Swartz
Living Doll (1990)

Living Doll (1990)

Movie
The Simpsons (1989)

The Simpsons (1989)

TV show
6.2
Freya
Erik the Viking (1989)

Erik the Viking (1989)

Movie
Naomi
Master of Dragonard Hill (1987)

Master of Dragonard Hill (1987)

Movie
Naomi
Dragonard (1987)

Dragonard (1987)

Movie
Betty / The Meteor (voice)
The Pink Chiquitas (1987)

The Pink Chiquitas (1987)

Movie
Snake Priestess
The Serpent Warriors (1985)

The Serpent Warriors (1985)

Movie
9
Miami Vice (1984)

Miami Vice (1984)

TV show
7
Self
Bei Bio (1983)

Bei Bio (1983)

TV show
Self
All By Myself: The Eartha Kitt Story (1982)

All By Myself: The Eartha Kitt Story (1982)

Movie
Self
Bananas (1981)

Bananas (1981)

TV show
Lola
Tropic of Desire (1979)

Tropic of Desire (1979)

Movie
The Paul Daniels Magic Show (1979)

The Paul Daniels Magic Show (1979)

TV show
Paula
To Kill a Cop (1978)

To Kill a Cop (1978)

Movie
Paula
To Kill a Cop (1978)

To Kill a Cop (1978)

TV show
Madame Rena
Friday Foster (1975)

Friday Foster (1975)

Movie
6
Police Woman (1974)

Police Woman (1974)

TV show
5.55
Self
Der Große Preis (1974)

Der Große Preis (1974)

TV show
Lady
Lieutenant Schuster's Wife (1972)

Lieutenant Schuster's Wife (1972)

Movie
Carrie Blaine
The Protectors (1972)

The Protectors (1972)

TV show
Scheherazade
Up the Chastity Belt (1972)

Up the Chastity Belt (1972)

Movie
Self
Münchner Bilderbogen (1970)

Münchner Bilderbogen (1970)

TV show
The Barbara McNair Show (1969)

The Barbara McNair Show (1969)

TV show
Self - Guest
The Dick Cavett Show (1968)

The Dick Cavett Show (1968)

TV show
Herself
Hollywood Squares (1966)

Hollywood Squares (1966)

TV show
The Catwoman
Batman (1966)

Batman (1966)

TV show
7
Betty Coleman
Synanon (1965)

Synanon (1965)

Movie
Singer (uncredited)
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1965)

Uncle Tom's Cabin (1965)

Movie
herself
Vergißmeinnicht (1964)

Vergißmeinnicht (1964)

TV show
Self / Self - Panelist / Self - Celebrity Panelist
The Celebrity Game (1964)

The Celebrity Game (1964)

TV show
Burke's Law (1963)

Burke's Law (1963)

TV show
6
Self
The Merv Griffin Show (1962)

The Merv Griffin Show (1962)

TV show
Self
The New March of Dimes Presents: The Scene Stealers (1962)

The New March of Dimes Presents: The Scene Stealers (1962)

Movie
Ben Casey (1961)

Ben Casey (1961)

TV show
4.75
The Queen
Heart of Darkness (1958)

Heart of Darkness (1958)

Movie
Anna Lucasta
Anna Lucasta (1958)

Anna Lucasta (1958)

Movie
Gogo Germaine
St. Louis Blues (1958)

St. Louis Blues (1958)

Movie
Renee
The Mark of the Hawk (1957)

The Mark of the Hawk (1957)

Movie
Theodora 'Teddy' Hicks
Mrs Patterson (1956)

Mrs Patterson (1956)

Movie
Self
New Faces (1954)

New Faces (1954)

Movie
Omnibus (1952)

Omnibus (1952)

TV show
Self - Cabaret Singer
Paris Is Always Paris (1951)

Paris Is Always Paris (1951)

Movie
The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950)

The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950)

TV show
Your Show of Shows (1950)

Your Show of Shows (1950)

TV show
Self - Mystery Guest
What's My Line? (1950)

What's My Line? (1950)

TV show
Self - Singer / Self / Self (archive footage)
The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)

TV show
6
Katherine Dunham Group Dancer
Casbah (1948)

Casbah (1948)

Movie
Herself
Catwoman vs. the White House

Catwoman vs. the White House

Movie

Information

Known for
Acting

Gender
Female

Birthday
1927-01-17

Deathday
2008-12-25 (81 years old)

Birth name
Eartha Mae Keith

Place of birth
North, United States of America

Citizenships
United States of America

Awards
star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, Annie Award

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Nat King Cole
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3 Movies
1 TV shows
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1 Movie
3 TV show
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4 TV shows
Rosie O'Donnell
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2 Movies
2 TV shows
Halle Berry
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3 Movies
1 TV shows
Billy Eckstine
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1 Movie
2 TV show
Claudia Udy
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3 Movies
David Reynolds
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2 Movies
1 TV shows
Ella Fitzgerald
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3 Movies
Patti LaBelle
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Little Richard
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2 Movies
1 TV shows
Gore Vidal
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3 TV shows
Ruby Dee
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2 Movies
1 TV shows
Tom Jones
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2 Movies
1 TV shows
Harry Belafonte
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Harry Belafonte worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
1 Movie
2 TV show
Sally Struthers
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3 TV shows
Mark Dindal
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2 Movies
1 TV shows
Christine Belford
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1 Movie
2 TV show
Kirk Douglas
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3 TV shows
Louis Armstrong
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Louis Armstrong worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
1 Movie
2 TV show
Ice-T
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Ice-T worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
1 Movie
2 TV show
Vanessa Williams
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Vanessa Williams worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
3 Movies
Pat Boone
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Pat Boone worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
1 Movie
2 TV show
Phyllis Diller
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3 TV shows
Jerry Lewis
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Jerry Lewis worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
3 TV shows
Jack Lemmon
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Jack Lemmon worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
1 Movie
2 TV show
Alyson Hannigan
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3 TV shows
Fred Savage
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1 Movie
2 TV show
Jamie Foxx
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2 Movies
1 TV shows
Sandra Bernhard
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2 Movies
1 TV shows
Joan Collins
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3 TV shows
Adrienne Barbeau
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2 Movies
1 TV shows
Tom Kenny
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3 TV shows
David Spade
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David Spade worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
3 Movies
Lee Meriwether
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Lee Meriwether worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Patti Deutsch
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2 Movies
1 TV shows
James Garner
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James Garner worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
1 Movie
2 TV show
Bob Newhart
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Bob Newhart worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
3 TV shows
Henry Winkler
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Henry Winkler worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
1 Movie
2 TV show
Adam West
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Adam West worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Mickey Rooney
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Mickey Rooney worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
1 Movie
2 TV show
Art Carney
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Art Carney worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
3 TV shows
Mel Brooks
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Mel Brooks worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
1 Movie
2 TV show
Milton Berle
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Milton Berle worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
3 TV shows
Ann Magnuson
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2 Movies
1 TV shows
Zsa Zsa Gabor
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3 TV shows
Snoop Dogg
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1 Movie
2 TV show
Kathy Najimy
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1 Movie
2 TV show
Candi Milo
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1 Movie
2 TV show
LL Cool J
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1 Movie
2 TV show
Charlton Heston
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3 TV shows
Otto Preminger
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3 TV shows
Craig Ferguson
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Craig Ferguson worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
3 TV shows
Jeff Goldblum
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Jeff Goldblum worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
1 Movie
2 TV show
Joel Grey
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Joel Grey worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
1 Movie
2 TV show
Don Lake
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Don Lake worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
1 Movie
2 TV show
Richard Kind
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Richard Kind worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
1 Movie
2 TV show
Bob Bergen
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Bob Bergen worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
2 Movies
1 TV shows
Tara Strong
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Tara Strong worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
1 Movie
2 TV show
Ron Perlman
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Ron Perlman worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
1 Movie
2 TV show
Whoopi Goldberg
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2 Movies
1 TV shows
Jeff Bennett
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Jeff Bennett worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
1 Movie
2 TV show
Kevin Michael Richardson
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Kevin Michael Richardson worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
1 Movie
2 TV show
Dee Bradley Baker
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Dee Bradley Baker worked together with Eartha Kitt in:
1 Movie
2 TV show
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