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Earth Kitt Dies At 81

By Wyatt Earp | December 25, 2008


But, she has eight lives left, right?

Singer and actress Eartha Kitt has died, her publicist, Patty Freedman, told CNN on Thursday.

Kitt, 81, died in New York, where she was being treated for colon cancer, Freedman said. Her daughter, Kitt Shapiro, was by her side.

She was performing almost until the end, taping a PBS special six weeks ago in Chicago, Illinois. The show is set to air in February.

Her recording of the saucy Christmas song “Santa Baby” was certified gold last week.

Kitt was well known for her distinctive voice and made a name for herself in her portrayal of Catwoman in the television series “Batman.” That role produced Kitt’s recognizable sultry cat growl.

She worked in film, theater, cabaret, music and on television during her lengthy career. According to Kitt’s official Web site, she was nominated for a Tony three times, a Grammy and Emmy twice. (H/T - CNN)

Damned shame. Big-time lib, but a very talented woman.

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5 Responses to “Earth Kitt Dies At 81”

  1. Doghouse Says:
    December 26th, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Loved her as Catwoman.

  2. Morgan Says:
    December 26th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Remember her best in The Emperor’s New Groove. She was hilarious.

  3. Wyatt Earp Says:
    December 27th, 2008 at 12:02 am

    Doghouse - As did I. Julie Newmar was awesome, but Eartha purred better.

    Morgan - Never saw it, but I heard it was really good.

  4. Alan B Says:
    December 27th, 2008 at 11:39 am

    “An Englishman needs time”

    Couldn’t be sung better!

  5. Wyatt Earp Says:
    December 28th, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Alan - Agreed. Great find!