Eartha Kitt’s Daughter Brings Her Iconic Mother’s Style to Home Decor
All About Queen Eartha
Eartha Kitt was one of the earliest black stars of American music and theater. She along with Lena Horne was considered the first black sex symbols. Her deep sumptuous voice would become her signature.
Often likened to a growl or feline like purr, she would be described as cat-like or feline in many reviews.
She would later take on the role of Catwoman in the Batman television series, a role that would bring her to a much wider American audience and further acclaim.
Ms. Kitt walked a fine line as a black woman struggling for a voice at a time woman of color were relegated to the sideline. She began performing in the late 1940’s as a dancer and singer. She went on to tour and perform throughout Europe in the 1940’s and 50s. Her well known style was formed in Paris cabarets at that time, singing songs that became her signatures, like “C’est Si Bon” and “Love for Sale.” Ms. Kitt was a renaissance woman, sexy, worldly, elegant and bright. She spoke four languages and sang in seven.
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.
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.
In the late 70’s and 1980’s she returned to the spotlight for many successful turns on Broadway, including in Timbuktu!, an all-black remake of Kismet.
Later in life Ms. Kitt has years of successful cafe and nightclub performances. In particular, she often headlined at Cafe Carlyle. She performed at the Grand re-opening of the Cafe Carlyle in 2007 to a packed house at age 80. In 2008 she succumbed to colon cancer.
Simply Eartha is a line of unique home decor and gift items designed to honor the beauty and wisdom of the legendary Eartha Kitt, by her daughter Kitt Shapiro.
Simply Eartha has quite a few lovely pieces for the home. Ms. Shapiro has taken sayings and witticisms shared by her mother and placed them on everyday household items. In particular, we love the throw pillows. Such a great idea from Kitt Shapiro. The simple and elegant lines of the accessories truly compliment her mother’s wit. We all get to share in the beauty of the wonderful iconic soul for a bit more.
From Eartha Kitt.com Eartha Mae Kitt, born 1927 was an international star who gave new meaning to the word versatile. She distinguished herself in film, theater, cabaret, music and on television. Miss Kitt was one of only a handful of performers to be nominated for a Tony (three times), the Grammy (twice), and Emmy Award (twice).
Miss Kitt was ostracized at an early age because of her mixed-race heritage. At eight years old, she was given away by her mother and sent from the South Carolina cotton fields to live with an aunt in Harlem. In New York her distinct individuality and flair for show business manifested itself, and on a friend’s dare, the shy teen auditioned for the famed “Katherine Dunham Dance Troupe.” She won a spot as a featured dancer and vocalist and before the age of twenty, toured worldwide with the company. During a performance in Paris, Miss Kitt was spotted by a nightclub owner and booked as a featured singer at his club. Her unique persona earned her fans and fame quickly, including Orson Welles, who called her “the most exciting woman in the world”. Welles was so taken with her talent that he cast her as Helen of Troy in his fabled production of “Dr. Faust.”
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