Kitty Carlisle

Kitty Carlisle Hart, the stage and film actress who served as chairperson of the New York State Council of the Arts for 20 years beginning in 1976, and thereafter functioned as one of the city's most visible advocates and symbols of the performing arts, died on April 17, 2007, her longtime musical director David Lewis confirmed. She was 96. The cause was pneumonia. Ms. Hart, always a lively presence and elegantly turned out, remained vital until the last. In recent years, she commemorated her birthdays in a very public way by performing a cabaret act at Feinstein's at the Regency, a swank night spot just blocks from her opulent Upper East Side apartment. There, she would sing a few songs and reminisce about her experiences working with such entertainment icons as George Gershwin (who once proposed to her), George S. Kaufman (who slapped her during a game of Gin Rummy) and Kaufman's writing partner Moss Hart, whom she married in 1946. The events routinely sold out.

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  • Also known as: Catherine Conn, Kitty Carlisle Hart
  • Born: Sep 3, 1910 in New Orleans, LA, USA
  • Death: Apr 17, 2007 in Manhattan, New York