Friday, December 26, 2008

Eartha Kitt is ‘Santa Baby’ Singer

Eartha Kitt is ‘Santa Baby’ Singer
It was very sad to hear the news that Eartha Kitt, singer of the classic Christmas song ‘Santa Baby’ has died on Christmas Day.Eartha Kitt, a self-proclaimed ’sex kitten’ famous for her catlike purr was extraordinary in my opinion. She was quite a jazz singer and dancer and yet played ‘Cat Woman’ in the campy ’60’s TV show Batman. Sadly, she died today, at the age of 81, in New York City after being treated there for colon cancer. Eartha was a star of stage, film, television and music, who was nominated for three Tony awards, two Grammy awards and two Emmy awards. Reportedly, her daughter, Kim was with her when she passed away.

Eartha Mae Kitt was born on January 17, 1927 in North, South Carolina. She died on December 25, 2008 at the age of 81. She is best know as an actress and cabaret singer. playing the role of ‘Cat Woman’ in TV’s 1960’s show and of course, her classically saucy 1953 ‘Santa Baby’ song.

Eartha’s upbringing was unstable in many ways. She had stated her mother was of African-American descent, and her father, German and Dutch descent. She claimed she was conceived of rape but was uncertain of any specific details. And as a child stated she suffered abuse regularly.Eartha Kitt started her career as a member of the Katherine Dunham Dance Company and made her film debut with them in the film Casbah (1948).Her early dance career led to a critically acclaimed stint on Broadway, including the play “New Faces of 1952,” which was later made into a movie.

Broadway stardom landed Eartha Kitt a recording deal that led to a string of best-selling records, including “Love for Sale,” “I Want to Be Evil,” “Santa Baby” and “Folk Tales of the Tribes of Africa.” Eartha was fluent in French so many of her hits including singing parts of them in that language. Orson Welles once called her the “most exciting woman in the world”.She recorded more than 20 albums, worked in hundreds of television and movie roles, was nominated for many entertainment awards, and was invited as a guest to the White House several times.


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