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Eartha Kitt

( b. Jan 17, 1927 North, South Carolina, USA - d. Dec 25, 2008 Weston, Connecticut, USA ) Female
Also known as: Eartha May Kitt [Birthname]
Eartha Mae Keith was raised in punishing circumstances. Born out of wedlock, she claimed to be the child of a rape; her mother was a part-African-American, part-Cherokee-Native-American sharecropper in South Carolina, her father a white plantation owner of German and Dutch lineage. She was given away by her mother when she was eight, and raised in Harlem. Eartha Kitt believed that Mamie Kitt was her biological mother. Her new family often beat her and she frequently ran away from home. By her teens, she was living on her own.
Ms. Kitt started her career in show business as a member of the Katherine Dunham Company. A tour took her to Europe and Paris, where she sang in nightclubs and was discovered by Welles. Upon returning to New York, she soloed at The Village Vanguard where a producer saw her and cast her in New Faces of 1952. She was in the 2003 Broadway revival of Nine. In 2006 she acted in the short-lived Off-Broadway musical Mimi Le Duck.


ProductionsDate of Productions
[Musical, Drama, Revival]
  • Performer: Eartha Kitt
    • Liliane La Fleur - Replacement (Oct 07, 2003 - Dec 14, 2003)
Apr 10, 2003 - Dec 14, 2003
The Wild Party
[Musical, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Eartha Kitt [Dolores]
Apr 13, 2000 - Jun 11, 2000
[Musical, Original]
  • Starring: Eartha Kitt [Shaleem-La-Lume]
Mar 01, 1978 - Sep 10, 1978
Jolly's Progress
[Play, Original]
  • Starring: Eartha Kitt [Jolly Rivers]
Dec 05, 1959 - Dec 12, 1959
Shinbone Alley
[Musical, Original]
  • Starring: Eartha Kitt [mehitabel]
Apr 13, 1957 - May 25, 1957
Mrs. Patterson
[Play, Play with music, Original]
  • Starring: Eartha Kitt [Theodora (Teddy) Hicks]
Dec 01, 1954 - Feb 26, 1955
Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1952
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Performer: Eartha Kitt [Featured Singer, Polynesian Girl, Featured Dancer]
May 16, 1952 - Mar 28, 1953
Bal Negre
[Special, Dance, Revue, Original]
  • Performer: Eartha Kitt
Nov 07, 1946 - Dec 22, 1946
Carib Song
[Musical, Original]
  • Performer: Eartha Kitt [Company]
Sep 27, 1945 - Oct 27, 1945
2000 Tony Award® Best Featured Actress in a Musical
The Wild Party [nominee]
Performer: Eartha Kitt
2000 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
The Wild Party [nominee]
Performer: Eartha Kitt
1978 Tony Award® Best Actress in a Musical
Timbuktu! [nominee]
Starring: Eartha Kitt
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