Eartha Kitt (81) died of Colon Cancer on Christmas Day. This famous Cat Woman purred and pounced her way across Broadway stages, recording studios and movie and television screens in a show-business career that lasted more than six decades.
I remember listening to a radio interview about two months ago on TJMS. What caught me attention the most was her story about going to the Johnson White House.
In 1968 she was invited to a White House luncheon and was asked by Lady Bird Johnson about the Vietnam War. She replied: “You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. No wonder the kids rebel and take pot.” The remark reportedly caused Mrs. Johnson to burst into tears and led to a derailment in Ms. Kitt’s career.
As bookings dried up, she was exiled in Europe for almost a decade. But President Jimmy Carter invited her back to the White House in 1978, and that year she earned her first Tony nomination for her work in “Timbuktu!,” an all-black remake of “Kismet.”
I guess she was in good company with the support of people such as Martin Luther King. Anyway, she will be missed. Rest in peace.
To learn more about the late Eartha Kitt, please visit her official website at www.earthakitt.com