Eartha Kitt

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

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