User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License and may also be available under the GNU FDL. She was an African American cabaret singer, stage and screen performer, known for her seductive stage presence and her "sex kitten" style. C., born on a farm to poverty-stricken sharecroppers, William Kitt and Anna Mae Riley, Eartha Mae and her sister Pearl were abandoned by their mother at a young age.Orson Welles once called her the "most exciting woman in the world".
Biography Eartha Mae Kitt (January 17, 1927 - December 25, 2008), was an American actress, singer, and cabaret star.
She was perhaps best known for her 1953 Christmas song Santa Baby.
In 1958, Kitt made her feature film debut opposite Sidney Poitier in The Mark of the Hawk.
Throughout the rest of the 1950s and early 1960s, Kitt would work on and off in film, television and on nightclub stages.
She took the stage at venues such as the Ballroom and, more recently, the Café Carlyle to explore and define her highly stylized image, alternating between signature songs (such as "Old Fashioned Millionaire"), which emphasized a witty, mercenary world-weariness, and less familiar repertoire, much of which she performed with an unexpected ferocity and bite that presented her as a survivor with a seemingly bottomless reservoir of resilience - her version of Here's To Life, frequently used as a closing number, was a sterling example of the latter.
This side of her later performances is reflected in at least one of her recordings, Thinking Jazz, which preserves a series of performances with a small jazz combo that took place in the early 1990s in Germany, and which includes both standards (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes) and numbers (such as Something May Go Wrong) that seem more specifically tailored to her talents; one version of the CD includes as bonus performances a fierce, angry Yesterdays and a live take of "C'est Si Bon" that good-humoredly satirizes her sex-kitten persona.A talented singer with a distinctive voice, her hits include Let's Do It, C'est Si Bon (It's So Good), Just an Old Fashioned Girl, Monotonous, Love for Sale, I'd Rather Be Burned As a Witch, Uska Dara, Mink, Schmink, Under The Bridges Of Paris, and arguably her most recognizable hit, the sexily sung Christmas song Santa Baby.She sang quite a few songs in French, a language she picked up during her years performing in Europe, but she never lost her American accent, which made her French songs sound rather amusing to native French speakers.She dabbled in other languages as well, which she demonstrated in many of the live recordings of her cabaret performances.In 1950, Orson Welles gave her her first starring role, as Helen of Troy in his staging of Dr. A few years later, she was cast in the revue New Faces of 1952, introducing "Monotonous", "C'est Si Bon" and "Santa Baby", three songs with which she continues to be identified.Kitt found new audiences in nightclubs across the country, including a whole new generation of gay male fans, and she responded by frequently giving benefit performances in support of HIV/AIDS organizations.