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Eartha Kitt (1927 - 2008)

Eartha Kitt was born on a cotton plantation of an African-American mother and a white father. She began singing as a member of the Katherine Dunham Company from 1943 to 1948 and soon released successful hits such as Let's Do It, C'est Si Bon and Santa Baby while she appeared in Orson Welles' Time Runs, in 1950. During the 1960s, she appeared as Catwoman in the Batman television series and in I Spy, in 1965. One of the 1950s most recognised African-American sex symbols – called 'the most exciting woman alive' by Orson Welles, the feline Eartha Kitt  with her erotic sweet purring voice inspired numerous singers such as Diana Ross, Janet Jackson and Madonna. Therefore 'that bad Eartha' with the suggestive manner in which she sang, was a self-professed sex-kitten and called herself 'the original Material Girl': she all did it first.

Tags / Eartha Kitt - American Singer - Sexy - It Women - Muses - 1950s - Inspiration - Feline
Eartha Kitt, by Ernst Haas NYC, 1952
Eartha Kitt, by Ernst Haas NYC, 1952
Eartha Kitt, NYC, 1952
Eartha Kitt, NYC, 1952
Singer Nancy Wilson, actress Eartha Kitt, musician/dancer/actor Sammy Davis Jr., actor Sidney Poitier, Berry Gordy Jr. (Motwon Label founder) and actor Marlon Brando going to Martin Luther King’s Funeral
Singer Nancy Wilson, actress Eartha Kitt, musician/dancer/actor Sammy Davis Jr., actor Sidney Poitier, Berry Gordy Jr. (Motwon Label founder) and actor Marlon Brando going to Martin Luther King’s Funeral
Eartha Kitt hugs Nat King Cole, playing the piano in the role of W.C Hardy, in scene from the 1958 movies
Eartha Kitt hugs Nat King Cole, playing the piano in the role of W.C Hardy, in scene from the 1958 movies "Saint Louis Blues"
Eartha Kitt by Gordon Parks, 1952
Eartha Kitt by Gordon Parks, 1952
Eartha Kitt by Gordon Parks, 1952
Eartha Kitt by Gordon Parks, 1952
Charles “Teenie” Harris, Eartha Kitt leaping though poster to launch a Citizens Committee on Hill District Renewal program, with police officer Harvey Adams, Vine and Colwell Streets, Hill District, May 1966 black-and-white negative Heinz Family Fund Teenie Harris Archive © 2006 Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
Charles “Teenie” Harris, Eartha Kitt leaping though poster to launch a Citizens Committee on Hill District Renewal program, with police officer Harvey Adams, Vine and Colwell Streets, Hill District, May 1966 black-and-white negative Heinz Family Fund Teenie Harris Archive © 2006 Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
Eartha Kitt by J. Kriegsmann
Eartha Kitt by J. Kriegsmann
Eartha Kitt by Carl Van Vechten, Library of Congress Washington DC
Eartha Kitt by Carl Van Vechten, Library of Congress Washington DC
Actress Eartha Kitt, as photographed by Carl Van Vechten in 1952.
Image courtesy of Marquette University Archives
Actress Eartha Kitt, as photographed by Carl Van Vechten in 1952. Image courtesy of Marquette University Archives
Eartha Kitt, posed, 1958. (Photo by Harry Hammond/V&A Images/Getty Images)
Eartha Kitt, posed, 1958. (Photo by Harry Hammond/V&A Images/Getty Images)
Eartha Kitt, London, 1988 by Steve Pyke
Eartha Kitt, London, 1988 by Steve Pyke
Eartha Kitt by Phillipe Halsman
Eartha Kitt by Phillipe Halsman
Eartha Kitt June 1952 by Gordon Parks
Eartha Kitt June 1952 by Gordon Parks
Eartha Kitt June1952 by Gordon Parks
Eartha Kitt June1952 by Gordon Parks
Eartha Kitt 1955 by George Silk
Eartha Kitt 1955 by George Silk
Eartha Kitt, 1955 by George Silk
Eartha Kitt, 1955 by George Silk
Eartha Kitt, 1955 by George Silk
Eartha Kitt, 1955 by George Silk
Eartha Kitt, 1955 by George Silk
Eartha Kitt, 1955 by George Silk
Eartha Kitt, 1955 by George Silk
Eartha Kitt, 1955 by George Silk
Eartha Kitt 1955 by George Silk
Eartha Kitt 1955 by George Silk
Eartha Kitt and Sammy Davis, Jr. filming Anna Lucasta, 1958. Bettmann / Corbis
Eartha Kitt and Sammy Davis, Jr. filming Anna Lucasta, 1958. Bettmann / Corbis
Eartha Kitt 1978 at New York's Waldorf Astoria arrives on the shoulders of Tony Carroll, Mr Univers 1977
Eartha Kitt 1978 at New York's Waldorf Astoria arrives on the shoulders of Tony Carroll, Mr Univers 1977
Eartha Kitt arrives at London’s Paddington Station for a two-month cabaret engagement in 1960.(Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Eartha Kitt arrives at London’s Paddington Station for a two-month cabaret engagement in 1960.(Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Eartha Kitt, 1980
Eartha Kitt, 1980
Eartha Kitt and James Dean by Dennis Stock
Eartha Kitt and James Dean by Dennis Stock
Eartha Kitt and James Dean by Dennis Stock
Eartha Kitt and James Dean by Dennis Stock
Eartha Kitt  scene from the 1958 movies Saint Louis Blues
Eartha Kitt scene from the 1958 movies Saint Louis Blues
Eartha Kitt in her dressing room backstage at New Faces of 1952.Image by Bettmann/CORBIS
Eartha Kitt in her dressing room backstage at New Faces of 1952.Image by Bettmann/CORBIS
Eartha Kitt with Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller in 1957
Eartha Kitt with Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller in 1957
Eartha Kitt and James Dean by Dennis Stock
Eartha Kitt and James Dean by Dennis Stock
Eartha Kitt as Catwoman in Batman (the 60's series)
Eartha Kitt as Catwoman in Batman (the 60's series)
Eartha Kitt as Catwoman in Batman (the 60's series)
Eartha Kitt as Catwoman in Batman (the 60's series)
Eartha Kitt as Catwoman in Batman (the 60's series)
Eartha Kitt as Catwoman in Batman (the 60's series)
Eartha Kitt 1960 Hulton Archive
Eartha Kitt 1960 Hulton Archive
Eartha Kitt 1957 Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Eartha Kitt 1957 Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Photo of Eartha Kitt Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Photo of Eartha Kitt Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Eartha Kitt Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Eartha Kitt Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
30th May 1956: American singer Eartha Kitt at the Mayfair Hotel, London, with her cats 'Mishak' and 'Willow'. (Photo by J. Wilds/Keystone/Getty Images)
30th May 1956: American singer Eartha Kitt at the Mayfair Hotel, London, with her cats 'Mishak' and 'Willow'. (Photo by J. Wilds/Keystone/Getty Images)
1957: American singer and actress Eartha Kitt stars in the stage show 'Zarak' at the Leicester Square Odeon, London. Photo by Thurston Hopkins/Picture Post/Getty Images
1957: American singer and actress Eartha Kitt stars in the stage show 'Zarak' at the Leicester Square Odeon, London. Photo by Thurston Hopkins/Picture Post/Getty Images
Eartha Kitt. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Eartha Kitt. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Sammy Davis Jr.  and Eartha Kitt in a still from the film, Anna Lucasta directed by Arnold Lavin, 1958. (Photo by United Artists/Getty Images)
Sammy Davis Jr. and Eartha Kitt in a still from the film, Anna Lucasta directed by Arnold Lavin, 1958. (Photo by United Artists/Getty Images)
Eartha Kitt  in a recording studio circa 1955 (Photo by Metronome/Getty Images)
Eartha Kitt in a recording studio circa 1955 (Photo by Metronome/Getty Images)
Eartha Kitt  in a recording studio circa 1955 (Photo by Metronome/Getty Images)
Eartha Kitt in a recording studio circa 1955 (Photo by Metronome/Getty Images)
Eartha Kitt  circa 1955. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Eartha Kitt circa 1955. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Circa 1950:  Eartha Kitt dining in a restaurant. (Photo by Weegee(Arthur Fellig)/International Center of Photography/Getty Images)
Circa 1950: Eartha Kitt dining in a restaurant. (Photo by Weegee(Arthur Fellig)/International Center of Photography/Getty Images)
Eartha Kitt sits on a carousel horse as she performs on Ed Sullivan's CBS variety show 'Toast of the Town,' New York, August 22, 1954. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
Eartha Kitt sits on a carousel horse as she performs on Ed Sullivan's CBS variety show 'Toast of the Town,' New York, August 22, 1954. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
Eartha Kitt (1927 - 2008) exercising at the Town and Country Health Salon in Knightsbridge, London, 1st April 1965. (Photo by Harry Benson/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Eartha Kitt (1927 - 2008) exercising at the Town and Country Health Salon in Knightsbridge, London, 1st April 1965. (Photo by Harry Benson/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Eartha Kitt / Halsman
Eartha Kitt / Halsman
Eartha Kitt by Arthur Rothstein for Look Magazine (1953)
Eartha Kitt by Arthur Rothstein for Look Magazine (1953)
The diva on stage (1961). Photo Bettmann
The diva on stage (1961). Photo Bettmann
Eartha Kitt, 1958
Eartha Kitt, 1958
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Eartha Kitt Bettman Archive
Eartha Kitt Bettman Archive
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1955, Eartha Kitts dances in a televised treatment of Oscar Wilde's play Salomé
1955, Eartha Kitts dances in a televised treatment of Oscar Wilde's play Salomé
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