Eartha Kitt: A Top Ten Diva

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By Moira Cue

Eartha Kitt was a very sexy woman, who rose out of poverty to worldwide fame, and definitely deserves to be on the top ten divas list. An out-of-wedlock child, Eartha Kitt was born in the cotton fields of South Carolina. Escaping a life of poverty, she ran away to Brooklyn at the age of nine. She gained fame later, touring in Europe as part of the Katherine Dunham Dance Troupe. She is perhaps best known in the U.S. for taking over the role of Catwoman for the third and final season of the television series Batman (1966), replacing Julie Newmar. Eartha Kitt died in her home in Weston, Connecticut on Christmas Day 2008. Radio stations all over the world played her sultry rendition of "Santa Baby" in tribute.

While Ms. Kitt's biography hints at hard times and a miraculous rags-to-riches turnaround, there is still so much more to Eartha Kitt, including a keen intelligence and shrewd business sense. Reportedly, when Marylin Monroe was earning $1500 a week, not a bad sum for the 1950's, Eartha Kitt was the highest paid woman in showbusiness, earning $15,000 a week.

When you hear her sing, “C'est si Bon,” with a perfect French accent, you would never have guessed she had been deprived any educational advantage. Her voice is truly unique, definitely feline. She purrs, rasps, and whispers her way through songs about the calculating female. She is perhaps best known for her renditions of “My Heart Belongs to Daddy,” and “Santa Baby,” interpretations which are distinctively her own. Eartha Kitt was a femme fatale for all ages, an icon, and a legendary beauty. For all these reasons and more, she is one of my top ten divas of all time.

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