Eartha Kitt

Singer, Actor, Dancer
Before Madonna, Halle Berry or Angelina Jolie, there was Eartha Kitt. The self-proclaimed "original Material Girl" purred her way to Hollywood stardom as fierce feline villain Catwoman on the campy television series ... Read more »
Born: 01/17/1927 in North, South Carolina, USA

Filmography

Actor (52)

The Simpsons 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Voice

Carmen & Geoffrey 2009 (Movie)

Dancer (Actor)

And Then Came Love 2007 (Movie)

Mona (Actor)

Preaching to the Choir 2006 (Movie)

Sister Nettie (Actor)

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Anything But Love 2003 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Holes 2003 (Movie)

Madame Zeroni (Actor)

Reading Rainbow 1982 - 2003 (TV Show)

Narrator

Santa, Baby! 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

The Famous Jett Jackson 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Oz 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Welcome to New York 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Emperor's New Groove 2000 (Movie)

of Yzma (Voice)

I Woke Up Early the Day I Died 1999 (Movie)

Cult Leader (Actor)

The RuPaul Show 1996 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Ageless Heroes 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Nat King Cole: Loved in Return 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story 1998 (Movie)

Voice of Bagheera (Actor)

The Magic School Bus 1994 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Ill Gotten Gains 1997 (Movie)

of (Voice)

Harriet the Spy 1996 (Movie)

Agatha K Plummer (Actor)

Jack's Place 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living Single 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 27th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Performer

The Nanny 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Unzipped 1995 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Fatal Instinct 1993 (Movie)

First Trial Judge (Actor)

Matrix 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Boomerang 1992 (Movie)

Lady Eloise (Actor)

A Broadway Christmas 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Ernest Scared Stupid 1991 (Movie)

Old Lady Hackmore (Actor)

Dragonard 1989 (Movie)

Naomi (Actor)

Erik the Viking 1989 (Movie)

Freya (Actor)

Living Doll 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Unforgettable Nat King Cole 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Serpent Warriors 1985 (Movie)

Snake Princess (Actor)

The Pink Chiquitas 1985 (Movie)

of Meteorite Betty (Voice)

All By Myself 1980 (Movie)

(Actor)

Friday Foster 1975 (Movie)

Madame Rena (Actor)

Synanon 1964 (Movie)

Betty Coleman (Actor)

St. Louis Blues 1958 (Movie)

Gogo Germaine (Actor)

The Mark of the Hawk 1958 (Movie)

Renee (Actor)

Anna Lucasta 1957 (Movie)

Anna Lucasta (Actor)

Batman (TV Show)

Actor

Casbah (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Lieutenant Schuster's Wife (TV Show)

Actor

New Faces (Movie)

(Actor)

The Feast of All Saints (TV Show)

Actor

To Kill a Cop (TV Show)

Actor
Music (9)

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie 2016 (Movie)

("C'est Si Bon") (Song Performer)

I Saw the Light 2016 (Movie)

("Santa Baby") (Song Performer)

Le Week-End 2014 (Movie)

("Apres Moi") (Song Performer)

X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 (Movie)

("C'est Si Bon") (Song Performer)

The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 (Movie)

("C'est Si Bon") (Song Performer)

Elf 2003 (Movie)

("Santa Baby") (Song Performer)

Was Sie Nie Uber Frauen Wissen Wollten 1991 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Driving Miss Daisy 1989 (Movie)

("Santa Baby") (Song Performer)

The Mark of the Hawk 1958 (Movie)

("This Man Is Mine") (Song Performer)

Biography

Before Madonna, Halle Berry or Angelina Jolie, there was Eartha Kitt. The self-proclaimed "original Material Girl" purred her way to Hollywood stardom as fierce feline villain Catwoman on the campy television series, "Batman" (ABC, 1966-68). She was also a star of the Broadway stage, cabaret performer, and a recording artist. Proving she was more than just a sex kitten, Kitt raised eyebrows and put her career on the line by speaking out about the Vietnam War - to First Lady Johnson - and becoming a fervent supporter of the gay community. The sultry and somewhat kooky artist received her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960, cementing her legendary status in theater, film, television, and music.

Relationships

William Keith-Fields

Father
Caucasian had no knowledge of her father, except that his surname was Keith-Fields and that he was supposedly a son of the owner of the farm where she had been born

Arthur Loew

Companion
Reportedly wanted to marry Kitt but his wealthy family opposed the union

John McDonald

Husband
Married from 1960-1965 father of Kitt Shapiro

Mamie Reily

Mother
Of Cherokee and African-American descent gave Kitt up to live with her sister, Anna Mae Riley

Charles Revson

Companion

John Ryan

Companion

Kitt Shapiro

Daughter
Born in 1962 father, John William McDonald worked as Kitt's business manager

EDUCATION

The School of Performing Arts

New York , New York

P S 136

New York , New York

Milestones

2007

Appeared in the independent film "And Then Came Love" opposite Vanessa L. Williams

2006

Co-starred in the Off-Broadway musical "Mimi le Duck"

2003

Replaced Chita Rivera as Liliane in "Nine" at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre

2003

Voiced Queen Vexus on the animated TV series "My Life as a Teenage Robot" (Nicktoons Network)

2001

Toured in a stage production of "Cinderella"

2000

Provided the voice for the villainess Yzma in the Disney animated comedy "The Emperor's New Groove"

2000

Returned to Broadway as co-star of the musical "The Wild Party"; received Tony nomination

1995

Appeared in the Isaac Mizrahi documentary "Unzipped"

1994

Released first album in several decades, Back in Business

1993

Acted in the USA Network's action fantasy series, "Matrix"

1992

Had a supporting role as Lady Eloise in the hit film "Boomerang" starring Eddie Murphy

1988

Appeared on the London stage as Carlotta Campion in the Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical "Follies"

1986

Began acting more regularly in features with her role in "The Serpent Warriors"

1985

Toured in the musical, "Blues in the Night," in the role of "Woman of the World"

1981

Was the subject of the documentary film, "All by Myself"

1978

Returned to Broadway after two decades in "Timbuktu," a revised, all-black version of the musical, "Kismet"

1978

First role in a miniseries, "To Kill a Cop" (NBC)

1975

Returned again to features to play a role in "Friday Foster"

1972

TV-movie debut, "Lieutenant Schuster's Wife"

1968

Starred in the syndicated one-woman concert, "The Eartha Kitt Show"

1968

Played role of Catwoman in the ABC series "Batman"

1965

Returned to features to play a role in "Synanon"

1958

First top-billed acting role in a feature, "Anna Lucasta"

1957

Film acting debut, "Mark of the Hawk"; also sang the song, "This Man Is Mine"

1955

Earliest TV appearances include a guest spot on the NBC variety special, "Show Biz"

1954

Made film debut performing songs in the plotless musical comedy revue, "New Faces of 1952"

1952

Gained notice for her work in the Broadway revue, "New Faces of 1952"

1951

Appeared as Helen of Troy opposite Orson Welles in "Orson Welles' Faust"

1946

Toured Europe in "Bal Negre" with the Katherine Dunham Troupe

1944

Made Broadway debut in "Blue Holiday"

Began career in Europe as dancer-singer-actress before returning to NYC and Hollywood in the 1950s

Joined the Katherine Dunham Dance Troupe

Known for such albums as "Miss Kitt To You" and "My Heart Belongs To Daddy"

Grew up in rural South

Popular songs include "Santa Baby" and "This Is My Life".

Moved to Spanish Harlem to live with an aunt in the 1940s

Began annual concert appearances in New York City's Cafe Carlyle in the 1990s

Bonus Trivia

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For years, Kitt was unaware of her actual date of birth due to her adoption, so she chose her own birthday (January 26). In 1997, fans tracked down her birth certificate which indicated she was born Jan. 17, 1927.

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Kitt was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Negro Musicians in 1968.

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In 2006 Kitt was diagnosed with colon cancer. She immediately underwent surgery and made a full recovery.

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