Friday, December 26, 2008
Last Purr For Eartha Kitt, R.I.P. at 81
Eartha Kitt, the Emmy & Tony award winning actress, singer, author and cabaret star, best known for her portrayal of Catwoman (replacing Julie Newmar) on the 1960's TV series Batman, will p-u-r-r-r-r no more. Eartha was 81 when colon cancer took the last of her nine lives on Christmas Day. Kitt, whom Orson Welles once called "the most exciting woman in the world" caused further excitement when her cutting comments about the Vietnam War at a White House luncheon made First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson cry. Though her personna may have been the world weary sex kitten, Kitt was a tireless performer who had performances booked through November of 2009.