Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt

Performer

Singer and actress Eartha Kitt, whose exotic, sex-kitten persona and sultry, purring vocal delivery was unlike anything that had come before her, though it has been much imitated since, died Dec. 25, 2008, of colon cancer, Variety reported. She was 81 and had remained a cabaret attraction until her final days. Eartha Kitt was many things: a best-selling recording artist; a Tony-nominated stage actress; a sex symbol; a paragon of both high art and high camp; the author of three autobiographies. One thing she was not is unoriginal.

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  • Also known as: Eartha Mae Keith
  • Born: Jan 17, 1927 in North, South Carolina
  • Death: Dec 25, 2008 in Weston, Connecticut

Roles (11)

Nine Playbill - Opening Night, April 2003 Nine (2003)
Opened Apr 10, 2003
  • as Liliane La Fleur (Replacement)
  • Arrived on Oct 7, 2003
The Wild Party Playbill - Opening Night, April 2000 The Wild Party (2000)
Opened Apr 13, 2000
  • as Dolores (Original)
The Wild Party - Opening Night
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Timbuktu! Playbill - April 1978 Timbuktu! (1978)
Opened Mar 1, 1978
  • as Sahleem-La-Lume (Original)
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Production Placeholder Jolly's Progress (1959)
Opened Dec 5, 1959
  • as Jolly Rivers (Original)
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Shinbone Alley Playbill - April 1957 Shinbone Alley (1957)
Opened Apr 13, 1957
  • as mehitabel (Original)
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Mrs. Patterson Playbill - Jan 1955 Mrs. Patterson (1954)
Opened Dec 1, 1954
  • as Theodora (Teddy) Hicks (Original)
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New Faces of 1952 Playbill - June 1952 Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1952 (1952)
Opened May 16, 1952
  • as Polynesian Girl (Original)
  • as Featured Singer (Original)
  • as Featured Dancer (Original)
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Carib Song Playbill - Sept 1945 Carib Song (1945)
Opened Sep 27, 1945
  • as Company (Original)
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Bal Negre Playbill - Nov 1946 Bal Negre (1946)
Opened Nov 7, 1946
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Awards

Drama Desk Award
2000 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical The Wild Party Nominee
Tony Award
2000 Featured Actress in a Musical The Wild Party Nominee
1978 Actress in a Musical Timbuktu! Nominee