Singer Eartha Kitt dies


This music video is called Eartha Kitt with Friends, Santa Baby.

Singer Eartha Kitt has died.

From Wikipedia:

Eartha Mae Kitt (January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008) was an American actress, singer, and cabaret star. She was perhaps best known for her 1953 Christmas song “Santa Baby”. Orson Welles once called her the “most exciting woman in the world”. She took over the role of Catwoman for the 4th series of the 1960s Batman TV series, replacing Julie Newmar who was unavailable for the final series.

This is a video of Eartha Kitt as Catwoman in Batman.

From Answers.com:

After a dramatic rise to fame from a childhood of neglect and poverty, Kitt endured a ten-year blacklisting owing to her sharp criticism of the Vietnam War. She returned to performing in the ’80s and ’90s, both as an actress and as a singer on the nightclub circuit.

Eartha Kitt on the Vietnam war: here.

Harold Pinter and Eartha Kitt, artists and opponents of imperialist war: here.

3 thoughts on “Singer Eartha Kitt dies

  1. Kitt was plainspoken about causes she believed in. Her anti-war comments at the White House came as she attended a White House luncheon hosted by Lady Bird Johnson.

    “You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed,” she told the group of about 50 women. “They rebel in the street. They don’t want to go to school because they’re going to be snatched off from their mothers to be shot in Vietnam.”

    For four years afterward, Kitt performed almost exclusively overseas. She was investigated by the FBI and CIA, which allegedly found her to be foul-mouthed and promiscuous.

    “The thing that hurts, that became anger, was when I realized that if you tell the truth – in a country that says you’re entitled to tell the truth – you get your face slapped and you get put out of work,” Kitt told Essence magazine two decades later.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/O/OBIT_EARTHA_KITT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2008-12-26-00-50-48

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  2. Eartha Kitt:

    http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/kitt261208.html

    MRZine.org

    RE/Search: When you were invited to a White House luncheon, didn’t you cause a scandal?

    Eartha Kitt: In 1968, during the Vietnam War, I was invited by Lady Bird Johnson to give my opinion about the problems in the United States, specifically, “Why is there so much juvenile delinquency in the streets of America?” The First Lady seemed to be more interested in decorating the windows of the ghettos with flowerboxes. I mean — it’s fine to put flowers in the ghettos, but let’s take care of the necessities first: give people jobs, and find a way to get us out of poverty.

    When it came my turn to speak, I said to the president’s wife, “Vietnam is the main reason we are having trouble with the youth of America. It is a war without explanation or reason.” I said that the young ghetto boys thought it better to have a legal stigma against them — then they would be considered “undesirable” and would not be sent to the war. In their opinion, in this society the good guys lost and the bad guys won.

    I didn’t say this ranting and raving, but we were in a large room, we didn’t have microphones, and we had to speak loudly enough to be heard. That incident, reported in such a way as to deface me in the eyes of the American people, obviously had to have been given by someone from the White House — probably the press secretary: “Earth Kitt makes the First Lady cry. . .” There were no reporters present! So this was a manufactured furor.

    R/S: Didn’t you suffer because of this?

    EK: Of course — within two hours I was out of work in America

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