Born Eartha Mae Kitt ~ January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008 – Born in South Carolina. Raised by abusive relatives, who became unwilling caretakers after her mother's desertion. Guardians who constantly ridiculed the child about her mix heritage of white and American Indian.
|Eartha Mae Kitt|
Relocation to New York, at eight years of age, into the caring fold of an Aunt, brought young Eartha some much needed relief. Fortunately, for Kitt, and the world, this Aunt had the insight to enroll the young prodigy into the New York School of Performing Arts. Afterwards, Kitt earned a scholarship to study with Kartherine Dunham, at age sixteen. Later joining Ms. Duhman's dance troupe and the rest is entertainment history.
Highly Acclaimed Cabaret Star, Singer, Actress, Dancer and Fearless Activist
Eartha Kitt The Activist
In 1968 Eartha Kitt took a stance against the Vietnam War, while attending a luncheon given by then First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson. The subject of the gathering was the condition of crime and juvenile delinquency at the time. During the event, the ever fierce Kitt, let her thoughts be known about the situation stating; "You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed; No wonder the kids rebel and take pot." this according to the Washington Post. Subsequently, Ms Kitt's truthful statement made worldwide headlines, and as a result her career took a nose dive.
The ever resilient Kitt rebounded in 1978 with her performance on Broadway in Timbuktu!, for which she earned a Tony Award nomination. In the same year Eartha was again invited to the White House by the Carter administration. By then our nation had become more conscientious of truths spoken by Ms. Kitt and other outspoken activist regarding our role in the Vietnam conflict.
|Cesar Romero as "The Joker" and Eartha Kitt as "Catwoman" in TV Series "Batman"|
1952 Ms Kitt appeared on Broadway in "New Faces of 1952 in which she sang "Monotonous", the song that catapulted her music career and lead to her first album in 1954.
"I Want To Be Evil", "C'est Si Bon", and Christmas favorite "Santa Baby"
Movies And Television:
St. Louis Blues (1958) starring opposite Nat "King" Cole in the W.C. Handy biopic; (1957) starring role of "Anna Lucasta" starring opposite Sammy Davis, Jr., earned her an Academy Award nomination. (1960) – Eartha's recurring Catwoman portrayal on Televisions series "Batman".
|Eartha Kitt And Daughter Kitt Shapiro|
Accomplishments In The Last Decade of Kitt's Career:
(1984) recorded "Where is My Man" which bolted Kitt back on music charts; "Back in Business" (1994) earned a Grammy nomination for the star; (2000) A Tony Award for her role in "The Wild Party"; The vocal work in the children's animated series "The Emperor's New School" earned Eartha Kitt a Daytime Emmy Award in 2007.
|Yoga Enthusiast Kitt|
In Closing ~ My thoughts:
Reason for the Celebration:
African-American History Month aka Black History Month is observed annually in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. This is done in remembrance of contributions made by Blacks in the growth of our nation and those abroad. Also, it is a necessity to inform all people that we were not just slaves, but an intricate thread in the fabric that is America. A yearly acknowledgement of those who rallied in the face of insurmountable odds, and life threatening danger so that future generations of Blacks would survive and thrive.