We read all the gossip about how she was dating actor-director Orson Welles and running around Europe with him. We knew Eartha must’ve been hip or cool since she was making headlines and hits. Eliot writes books for me, / Sherman Billingsley cooks for me.’ In one of her memoirs Kitt discloses that Mr.She could sing in French and Turkish, and she’d danced with Katherine Dunham. Years later I would come to love the story she tells in one of her memoirs about the London opening of , the Broadway review in which she steals the show with ‘Monotonous,’ songwriters Ronnie Graham and Arthur Siegel’s sensuous tribute to world-weariness. Eliot himself (author of ) turned up backstage after the show to present her with flowers.All About Queen Eartha Eartha Kitt was one of the earliest black stars of American music and theater.She along with Lena Horne was considered the first black sex symbols.Still, for eleven years Eartha Kitt was blacklisted, as it were, for patriotic remarks she made to Lady Bird and Lyndon Johnson at a White House dinner to which she’d been invited as an honored guest. Kitt for her moral courage to speak the truth about the American war in Vietnam.‘The thing that hurts, that became anger,’ she later told Essence magazine, ‘was when I realized that if you tell the truth — in a country that says you’re entitled to tell the truth — you get your face slapped and you get put out of work.’ Like most American originals — Walt Whitman, Thomas Edison, George Washington Carver, Buster Keaton, Mae West, Billie Holiday, Oprah, Madonna — Eartha Kitt was self-invented.She remained a firm advocate of gay marriage throughout her life, feeling that it was a civil rights issue.
For decades Eartha Kitt brightened our dark, brutal, and increasingly loveless world with spirited movement, dance and song.” — Al Young ___________________________________________________ Eartha Kitt: Singer and actress with a difficult reputation who was described as “the most exciting woman on earth” — This entry was posted on Saturday, December 27th, 2008 at am and is filed under What's at Stake. 17, 1920, Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman, having been deported from the United States, announced that they intend to organize a great society in Soviet Russia, its prime objective would be the promotion of "social revolution in the United States." Eartha Mae Kitt (January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008) was an American actress, singer and cabaret star.She was perhaps best known for her highly distinctive singing style and her 1953 hit Christmas song "Santa Baby".Kitt was a renaissance woman, sexy, worldly, elegant and bright. She was outspoken and independent far before the feminist movement sparked the minds of young women in America.I can only imagine what it must have been like to be a free thinking black woman in 1945.S., appearing in a New York engagement of Ever mindful of her fans, many of whom came from the gay population, Ms.