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Eartha Kitt: no longer of this earth

December 26, 2008

Here’s the new York Times obituary about the legendary singer Eartha Kitt. She died today, Chirstmas Day, at 81 years old of colon cancer.

When I told my father in law tonight, as he and the Big Monkey sat at the table visiting,  he said he was sitting in a cafe having breakfast after a late night on the town in New York City in 1946 and she came in with her husband, one of the Nicholas brothers. “They were good dancers, the Nicholas Brothers,” he said, “and they sat down next to me.”

“She really was like a kitten, purring all the time. She was real pretty,” he said. “She could sing but not great.”

I disagree. I think her voice gorgeously expressive, as exhibited in the clip above.

Here’s a brief interview with her from 1955:

The Santa Baby video here is one of my favorites. Here’s another favorite, a variation of the 1920’s song I grew up singing on our player piano, “The Sheik of Araby” with Nat King Cole”:

And “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” is too wonderful not to be included here:

What’s your favorite memory of this versatile performer? As catwoman? Which song?

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  1. December 29, 2008 12:07 pm

    Music is the soul of life and this is the reason that the passing away of a musician creates a huge void in the hearts of many and when this void is created due to the passing away of such a talented individual as Eartha Kitt than this loss is magnified thousand times over. I hope the talent of Eartha lives on through this tributes website.

  2. January 4, 2009 6:23 am

    Eartha Kitt seemed to live a fuller life than most people ever manage to do.. and it was so funny to find out that she was a voice in “The Emperor’s New Groove”

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