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 was then sent to live in New York City with Mamie Kitt, who she learned was her biological mother; she had no knowledge of her father, except that his surname was Kitt and that he was supposedly a son of the owner of the farm where she had been born., 1957 Eartha Kitt as Catwoman in the late 1960s ___________________________________________________ “We 13-year-olds at Hutchins Intermediate in Detroit didn’t really know what to make of Eartha Kitt, billed as a chanteuse, when she broke on the scene in the early 1950s with hit records like ‘Ç’est Si Bon,’ ‘I Want to Be Evil,’ or ‘Santa Baby.’ But we could imitate and sing right along with her, French and all, clueless nonetheless. 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".You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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.TOMORROW IS NOW by Ernest Borneman (London: Neville Spearman), 1959, 205 pp.There are few careers more fascinating and multifaceted than that of Ernest Borneman (1915-1995), a German-born psychotherapist and non-fiction writer who also wrote several novels (all in English), and whose other professions at various stages in his career included playwright, cameraman, screenwriter, writer for TV and radio, film director, prolific journalist, and jazz musician.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.