Film and stage icon Eartha Kitt died yesterday, Christmas day, after a battle with colon cancer.
Kitt will be most remembered for her sultry style and uniquely irreplaceable voice. Her long career in the entertainment industry started on a Broadway stage in the 1940s when she was 18-years-old and spanned over half a century.
In the 1950s she recorded the Christmas tune “Santa, Baby”, the sexy holiday song helped establish Kitt’s image as a sex kitten. And in the 1960s she became a cult idol after starring as Catwoman on the popular television show Batman.
Kitt left the United States for Europe in 1968 after criticizing the Vietnam War during a stage show attended by President Lyndon Johnson’s wife, Lady Bird. In 1978 she to Broadway, starring in the play Timbuktu!
Eartha Kitt died in with her daughter, Kitt Shapiro, at her side. Her last television appearance, a PBS special, will air in February.