Eartha Kitt was born in North, South Carolina on January 12, 1927. The daughter of a sharecropper, she was named Eartha in homage to the goodness of the earth. After the death of her mother Eartha moved to New York City to live with an aunt. Eartha began to take piano lessons and at church she sang in the choir and acted in plays. After an audition she was admitted to a high school for the performing arts. But her relationship with her aunt, which had never been good, deteriorated and she would eventually be thrown out of her aunt’s home. After staying with friends for a few days she decided to drop out of school and get a job. Eartha found work as a seamstress in a factory but lost her job after an illness kept her out of work for two weeks. She briefly returned to school and unsuccessfully tried to reconcile with her aunt before leaving for good.

Eartha found temporary work in a factory and then spent the summer at a camp in Connecticut working on a farm. In 1943 she auditioned for Katherine Dunham’s dance studio. By age 20 she was a featured dancer traveling with the troupe through Europe, South America and Mexico. In 1950 Eartha left the troupe and began performing in nightclubs in Paris, London and Turkey. In 1952 she starred in the Broadway musical "New Faces of 1952." She recorded a number of successful songs in the early 1950s as well. Unwilling to contribute to the discrimination rampant in American society Eartha decided that she would not perform before segregated audiences and included that requirement in her contracts.

Eartha's other Broadway shows include "Bal Negre," "Mrs. Patterson," "Shinbone Alley," "Jolly's Progress," "Timbuktu!," "The Wild Party" and most recently "Nine." She received her first Tony nomination for her performance in "Timbuktu!" and she starred on the West End stage in a production of Stephen Sondheim's "Follies."

Eartha has starred in such films as "St. Louis Blue," "Anna Lucasta," "Friday Foster," "Fatal Instinct," "Boomerang" and "Holes."

Eartha’s tv guest appearances include "Burke’s Law," "Ben Casey," "Mission Impossible," "Miami Vice," "Living Single" and "New York Undercover." In 1966 she had a recurring role in the popular series "Batman" appearing in the role of Catwoman.

In 1968 Eartha spoke out against the Vietnam War at a White House luncheon in the presence of Lady Bird Johnson. As a result of her outspoken anti-war position she was blackballed and was unable to find work in the U.S., with the exception of a few talk shows. Eartha's career took a turn for the worst and the CIA developed a file containing personal and professional information. Eartha moved to Europe, where she lived and worked for the next ten years, struggling financially and ignored by many friends. Eartha has said she would have spoken out even if she had known the consequences.

Besides being a successful actress Eartha is also an author of three autobiographies including "Thursday's Child," "Alone With Me" and "I'm Still Here: Confessions of A Sex Kitten."

Eartha was married to businessman William McDonald from 1960 to 1965. They had one daughter, Kitt who was born in 1961. She’s also the grandmother of two.

Eartha's film credits include the following:

Check out the following sites for additional information about Eartha:

Eartha Kitt@Internet Movie Database
Eartha Kitt@Colored
Eartha Kitt Fan Club
Eartha Kitt Interview
Eartha Kitt@African American
Eartha Kitt@Wikipedia
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Eartha Kitt@University of South Carolina-Aiken

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