December 26, 2008

Rest in Peace, Eartha..

"Eartha Kitt, who purred and pounced her way across Broadway stages, recording studios and movie and television screens in a show-business career that lasted more than six decades, died on Thursday. She was 81 and lived in Connecticut. She died of colon cancer.
Kitt, who began performing as a dancer in New York in the late '40s, went on to achieve success and acclaim in a variety of mediums long before other entertainment multitaskers like Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand and Bette Midler. With her curvaceous frame and unabashed vocal come-ons, she was also, along with Lena Horne, among the first widely known African-American sex symbols. Orson Welles famously proclaimed her "the most exciting woman alive" in the early '50s, apparently just after that excitement prompted him to bite her onstage during a performance of "Time Runs," an adaptation of "Faust" in which Kitt played Helen of Troy."  Associated Press
For more info about her life, please read here.
**Photos taken from the net.


debi_in_Hawaii said...

I was just going to post about this, as I didn't know much about her other than I only a few weeks ago found out she was the one who made the golddigger's anthem "Santa Baby" then I read about her passing yesterday and was touched by reading about her hard life.
Rest in peace, beautiful compassionate angel.

Ron said...

OMG, Leesa!!!

I can't believe this...

I was JUST talking to someone a few weeks ago at work about Eartha Kitt and happened to ask him, "Earth Kitt is still alive, right?" sad!

I LOVED her!

I actually saw her on Broadway in 1975 in a show called TIMBUKTU and she was fabulous!

What a special lady she was!

Thanks for sharing this, Leesa!