Sadly, Eartha Kitt has passed away at the age of 81. She has recently been treated in NYC for colon cancer. The cancer was detected about two years ago and treated but recurred after a period of remission.
Kitt’s career spanned six decades of singing, dancing and acting. Many know her from her role as Cat Woman on the popular “Batman” series in 1967-68, replacing Julie Newmar. How ironic that Eartha Kitt pass away Christmas day, her recording of the saucy Christmas song “Santa Baby” was certified gold last week.
Eartha Kitt, a sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become an international symbol of elegance and sensuality, has died, a family spokesman said. She was 81.
Eartha Kitt – “Santa Baby”
Andrew Freedman said Kitt, who was recently treated at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, died Thursday in Connecticut of colon cancer.
Kitt, a self-proclaimed “sex kitten” famous for her catlike purr, was one of America’s most versatile performers, winning two Emmys and nabbing a third nomination. She also was nominated for several Tonys and two Grammys.
Kitt was honored with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in 1960.