Eartha Kitt

Born Jan 17, 1927

Eartha Mae Kitt was an American singer, actress, and cabaret star. She was perhaps best known for her highly distinctive singing style and her 1953 hit recordings of "C'est Si Bon" and the enduring Christmas novelty smash "Santa Baby. " Orson Welles once called her the "most exciting woman in the world.… Read More

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1927 Birth Kitt was born Eartha Mae Keith on a cotton plantation near the small town of North, in Orangeburg County South Carolina on January 17, 1927. … Read More


1943 16 Years Old Kitt began her career as a member of the Katherine Dunham Company in 1943 and remained a member of the troupe until 1948. … Read More


1950 23 Years Old In 1950, Orson Welles gave Kitt her first starring role as Helen of Troy in his staging of Dr. Faustus.
1952 25 Years Old A few years later, she was cast in the revue New Faces of 1952, introducing "Monotonous" and "Bal, Petit Bal," two songs with which she is still identified.
1954 27 Years Old In 1954, 20th Century Fox filmed a version of the revue entitled New Faces, in which she performed "Monotonous," "Uska Dara," and "C'est si bon."


1957 30 Years Old Though it is often alleged that Welles and Kitt had an affair during her 1957 run in Shinbone Alley, Kitt categorically denied this in a June 2001 interview with George Wayne of Vanity Fair. "I never had sex with Orson Welles," Kitt told Vanity Fair: "It was a working situation and nothing else." … Read More
1960 33 Years Old After romances with the cosmetics magnate Charles Revson and banking heir John Barry Ryan III, she married John William McDonald, an associate of a real estate investment company, on June 6, 1960. They had one child, a daughter named Kitt McDonald, born on November 26, 1961. They divorced in 1965. … Read More
1964 37 Years Old In 1964, Kitt helped open the Circle Star Theater in San Carlos, California. … Read More


1968 41 Years Old In 1968, during Lyndon B. Johnson's administration, Kitt encountered a substantial professional setback after she made anti-war statements during a White House luncheon. … Read More


1978 51 Years Old 1 More Event
Kitt returned to New York City in a triumphant turn in the Broadway spectacle Timbuktu! (a version of the perennial Kismet, set in Africa) in 1978. … Read More
1984 57 Years Old In 1984, she returned to the music charts with a disco song titled "Where Is My Man," the first certified gold record of her career. "Where Is My Man" reached the Top 40 on the UK Singles Chart, where it peaked at No. 36; the song became a standard in discos and dance clubs of the time and made the Top 10 on the US Billboard dance chart, where it reached No. 7. … Read More


1987 - 1996 6 More Events
2000 73 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2000, Kitt again returned to Broadway in the short-lived run of Michael John LaChiusa's The Wild Party.
2003 76 Years Old In 2003, she replaced Chita Rivera in Nine.
2004 77 Years Old Kitt reprised her role as the Fairy Godmother at a special engagement of Cinderella, which took place at Lincoln Center during the holiday season of 2004. … Read More
2006 79 Years Old From October to early December 2006, Kitt co-starred in the Off-Broadway musical Mimi le Duck.
2007 80 Years Old 1 More Event
She also appeared in the 2007 independent film And Then Came Love opposite Vanessa Williams.
2008 81 Years Old 1 More Event
Kitt died from colon cancer on Christmas Day 2008, at her home in Weston, Connecticut. … Read More
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