Kitty Carlisle

Singer + Actress + Socialite
Born Sep 3, 1910

Kitty Carlisle was an American singer, actress and spokeswoman for the arts. She is best remembered as a regular panelist on the television game show To Tell the Truth. She served 20 years on the New York State Council on the Arts. In 1991, she received the National Medal of Arts from President George H. W. Bush.… Read More

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1910 Birth Born on September 3, 1910.
1921 10 Years Old Carlisle's early education took place in New Orleans. In 1921, she was taken to Europe, where her mother hoped to marry her off to European royalty, believing the nobility there more amenable to a Jewish bride – only to end up flitting around Europe and often living in what Carlisle recalled as "the worst room of the best hotel." … Read More


1932 21 Years Old After returning to New York in 1932 with her mother, she appeared, billed as Kitty Carlisle, on Broadway in several operettas and musical comedies, and in the American premiere of Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia. … Read More


1946 35 Years Old Carlisle married playwright and theatrical producer Moss Hart on August 10, 1946, the two having met as actors at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania. … Read More


1956 45 Years Old Carlisle became a household name through To Tell the Truth, where she was a regular panelist from 1956 to 1978, and later appeared on revivals of the series in 1980, 1990–91 and one episode in 2000. (One of her most notable hallmarks was her writing of the number one: When she voted for number one, it was written with a Roman numeral I.) She was also a semi-regular panelist on Password, Match Game, Missing Links, and What's My Line?


1966 55 Years Old On December 31, 1966, Carlisle made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera, as Prince Orlofsky in Strauss's Die Fledermaus.


1973 62 Years Old 1 More Event
She sang the role 10 more times that season, then returned in 1973 for four more performances.
1976 65 Years Old Known for her gracious manners and personal elegance, Carlisle became prominent in New York City social circles as she crusaded for financial support of the arts. She was appointed to various statewide councils, and was chair of the New York State Council of the Arts from 1976 to 1996. … Read More
1991 80 Years Old …  In 1991, she received the National Medal of Arts from President George H. W. Bush. … Read More
1997 86 Years Old She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1997. During the 1980s and 1990s, Kitty Hart was the partner of diplomatic historian Ivo John Lederer, and their relationship lasted 16 years until Lederer's death in 1998. … Read More
In 2006, Carlisle performed at Feinstein's at the Regency in New York City; in St. Louis, Missouri; Phoenix, Arizona; Atlanta, Georgia; and at the famed Plush Room in San Francisco.
2007 97 Years Old Carlisle died on April 17, 2007, from congestive heart failure resulting from a prolonged bout of pneumonia.
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