Eartha Kitt, a sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become an international symbol of elegance and sensuality, has died, a family spokesman said. She was 81.
Her career spanned six decades, from her start as a dancer with the famed Katherine Dunham troupe to cabarets and acting and singing on stage, in movies and on television. She persevered through an unhappy childhood as a mixed-race daughter of the South and made headlines in the 1960s for denouncing the Vietnam War during a visit to the White House....
Eartha Kitt, Sultry 'Santa Baby' Singer, Dies
I loved her so much! When I was a little girl I was crrrrazy about catwomen:
My father took me to see her perform when I was a little girl, and although I was enthralled by the spectacular woman onstage in her red beaded gown, I didn't realize who she was until she came over to our table and said, "Hello, little girrrl. Your fatherrr told me you want to meeeeet me." I went nuts--Catwoman actually spoke to me!
A huge influence on neo-burlesque:
And a song I danced to in strip joints literally hundreds of times:
An amazing fiery woman in every way.
Posted by Jo Weldon, Headmistress of The New York School of Burlesque, for burlesquedaily.blogspot.com.