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Eartha Kitt

 
Date Of Death:
December 25, 2008 (???)
Birth Place:
Columbia, SC, USA
Bio:
Kitt had an enduring international career that spanned theatre, cabaret, television and the recording industry. She won the 2007 Emmy Award for her performance as the voice of Yzma in Disney's series The Emperor's New School; she had been nominated twice for a Grammy Award and three times for a Tony ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: January 17, 1927
Date of Death: December 25, 2008 (81)

Birth Place: Columbia, SC, USA

Bio:
Kitt had an enduring international career that spanned theatre, cabaret, television and the recording industry. She won the 2007 Emmy Award for her performance as the voice of Yzma in Disney's series The Emperor's New School; she had been nominated twice for a Grammy Award and three times for a Tony ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
2006
Madame Vallet
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2006
Madame Vallet
  [Off-Broadway]
New York City Opera Revival, 2004
Fairy Godmother
  [Broadway]
Roundabout Revival, 2003
Liliane La Fleur [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2000
Dolores
  [Off-Broadway]
Return Engagement [off-Broadway], 1998
Performer
  [West End]
London Revival, 1987
Carlotta Campion [Replacement]
  [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1980
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1978
Shaleem-La-Lume
  [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1967
Performer
  [Broadway]
1959
Jolly Rivers
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1957
mehitabel
mehitabel
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1954
Performer
Theodora (Teddy) Hicks
  [Broadway]
1952
Performer
Featured Dancer
Featured Singer
Polynesian Girl
  [Broadway]
Concert [Broadway], 1946
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1945
Company

Photos

Donelle Dadigan and Eartha Kitt's (Featured in background), Kit McDonald Photo

Donelle Dadigan and Eartha Kitt's (Featured in background), Kit McDonald

From: 
Date:
05/16/2019
 Donelle Dadigan, Lee Meriwether and Kit McDonald (Eartha Kitt's daughter) Photo

Donelle Dadigan, Lee Meriwether and Kit McDonald (Eartha Kitt's daughter)

From: 
Date:
05/16/2019
Catwomen Exhibit features Michelle Pfeiffer, Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether and Eartha  Photo

Catwomen Exhibit features Michelle Pfeiffer, Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether and Eartha Kitt

From: 
Date:
05/16/2019
Joseph Stein & Eartha Kitt - "ALL ABOUT US" 3/28/2007 Photo

Joseph Stein & Eartha Kitt - "ALL ABOUT US" 3/28/2007

From: 
Date:
10/26/2010
Joseph Stein & Eartha Kitt- "ALL ABOUT US" 3/28/2007 Photo

Joseph Stein & Eartha Kitt- "ALL ABOUT US" 3/28/2007

From: 
Date:
10/26/2010

 

Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
2006
Madame Vallet

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2006
Madame Vallet

  [Off-Broadway]
New York City Opera Revival, 2004
Fairy Godmother

  [Broadway]
Roundabout Revival, 2003
Liliane La Fleur [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2000
Dolores

  [Off-Broadway]
Return Engagement [off-Broadway], 1998
Performer

  [West End]
London Revival, 1987
Carlotta Campion [Replacement]

  [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1980
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1978
Shaleem-La-Lume

  [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1967
Performer

  [Broadway]
1959
Jolly Rivers

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1957
mehitabel

mehitabel

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1954
Performer

Theodora (Teddy) Hicks

  [Broadway]
1952
Performer

Featured Dancer

Featured Singer

Polynesian Girl

  [Broadway]
Concert [Broadway], 1946
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1945
Company

Eartha Kitt Biography

Kitt had an enduring international career that spanned theatre, cabaret, television and the recording industry. She won the 2007 Emmy Award for her performance as the voice of Yzma in Disney's series The Emperor's New School; she had been nominated twice for a Grammy Award and three times for a Tony Award, one for the title role of Mrs. Patterson in 1955 (a part she later played at Westport Country Playhouse); Timbuktu! in 1978 and The Wild Party in 2000. In 2003, Kitt appeared as Liliane Le Fleur in the revival of Nine, The Musical.

Eartha Kitt Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical Gold Star
Eartha Kitt, The Wild Party (New York Shakespeare Festival)
 
Tony Awards - 2000 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Eartha Kitt , The Wild Party
 
Tony Awards - 1978 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Eartha Kitt , Timbuktu!

Eartha Kitt News

Return Engagement of Eartha Kitt Bioplay DOWN TO EARTHA to be Presented at Gene Frank Photo Return Engagement of Eartha Kitt Bioplay DOWN TO EARTHA to be Presented at Gene Frankel Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 21, 2022

MPTP Productions Intl. in association with 24 Bond Arts Center will present another return engagement of DOWN TO EARTHA, a one woman show written and performed by Dierdra McDowell (2-time AUDELCO Award nominee for Outstanding Solo Performance as Eartha Kitt) from August 18 - 21.

Caitlin Kinnunen & Isabelle McCalla and More to Perform at The Green Room 42 in June Photo Caitlin Kinnunen & Isabelle McCalla and More to Perform at The Green Room 42 in June
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 31, 2022

The Green Room 42 has announced their June line-up for in-person performances. Located inside YOTEL Times Square (570 Tenth Avenue, Fourth Floor), The Green Room 42 is Broadway's newest and most spacious cabaret club.

Bond Theatrical Announces Staffing Updates Photo Bond Theatrical Announces Staffing Updates
by Stephi Wild - May 20, 2022

Partners Temah Higgins, Mollie Mann and DJ Martin of BOND Theatrical, an independently-owned booking and marketing agency for live entertainment, announced several staffing changes today that build on the agency's innovative and strategic offerings for their roster of clients.

Amas Musical Theatre to Present I WANNA BE EVIL: THE EARTHA KITT STORY Starring Jenel Photo Amas Musical Theatre to Present I WANNA BE EVIL: THE EARTHA KITT STORY Starring Jenelle Lynn Randall
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 17, 2022

Amas Musical Theatre and¬†The Amas Song Salon¬†will present¬†‚ÄúI Wanna Be Evil: The Eartha Kitt Story‚Ä̬†starring¬†Jenelle Randall, with¬†Darrell Philip, written by¬†Jenelle Lynn Randall. Directed by¬†Yvans Jourdin¬†with music direction by¬†Darnell White, this¬†one night only event¬†will be held on¬†Monday, June 13, 2022, at¬†7pm¬†at¬†Theater 555¬†(555 West 42nd Street).

Paramount Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Eddie Murphy Lead Comedy, 'Boomerang,' With  Photo Paramount Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Eddie Murphy Lead Comedy, 'Boomerang,' With Blu-Ray Release
by Marissa Tomeo - May 12, 2022

Eddie Murphy’s portrayal of hotshot advertising executive Marcus Graham made BOOMERANG a hit when it was first released in theaters on July 1, 1992.  Featuring an all-star cast that includes Robin Givens, Halle Berry, David Alan Grier, Martin Lawrence, Grace Jones, Geoffrey Holder, and Eartha Kitt, Chris Rock, John Witherspoon, Tisha Campbell, and Melvin Van Peebles, this celebrated comedy was ahead of its time in playfully challenging stereotypes. The movie’s hit soundtrack, featuring Babyface, Toni Braxton, and Boyz II Men, topped the Billboard charts and earned triple platinum status.

Erich Bergen To Make CAFE CARLYLE Debut Photo Erich Bergen To Make CAFE CARLYLE Debut
by Stephen Mosher - May 10, 2022

Eric Bergen, television and theater star is set to play the Café Carlyle for two nights in May.

B. Moore Dance Returns To The Stage With 'i am magic' Photo B. Moore Dance Returns To The Stage With 'i am magic'
by Stephi Wild - May 6, 2022

B. MOORE DANCE returns to the stage, May 27-29, 2022 for exhilarating performances of a World Premiere, i am magic, at Addison Theatre Centre, Friday/Saturday, 8:00 PM and Sunday, 3:00 PM.

BWW Review: Ken Page Says (and Sings) It All During THERE'S SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT…  Photo BWW Review: Ken Page Says (and Sings) It All During THERE'S SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT… (AND SING ABOUT, TOO!) at 54 Below
by Stephen Mosher - May 5, 2022

Ken Page made his return to New York and 54 Below and the people who weren't there will, forever, regret having missed it.

Actor Alison Arngrim Returns To NYC with CONFESSIONS OF A PRAIRIE BITCH: NELLIE OLESO Photo Actor Alison Arngrim Returns To NYC with CONFESSIONS OF A PRAIRIE BITCH: NELLIE OLESON LIVE!, May 8
by A.A. Cristi - May 3, 2022

Former child star, outspoken activist, and TV Land Award winner ALISON ARNGRIM continues to tour the world with her critically acclaimed CONFESSIONS OF A PRAIRIE BITCH: NELLIE OLESON LIVE! Best known as acid-tongued, pre-Midol meanie Nellie Oleson from 'Little House on the Prairie', Alison Arngrim presents an uproarious evening of storytelling, stand-up, and multi media about life as everyone's favorite toxic pre-teen brat, complete with petticoats and ringlets.

André De Shields, Ali Ewoldt & More to Take Part in Prospect Theater Company's Sprin Photo André De Shields, Ali Ewoldt & More to Take Part in Prospect Theater Company's Spring Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 27, 2022

Prospect Theater Company announced today that its annual Spring Gala will feature performances and special appearances by Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award winner André De Shields; Ali Ewoldt (The Phantom of the Opera); Drama Desk Award winner Gretchen Cryer; Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Award nominee Nick Corley and more.

Eartha Kitt Videos

VIDEO: King Khan Shares Colorful Video From New Jazz Album VideoVIDEO: King Khan Shares Colorful Video From New Jazz Album
by Stage Tube - Nov 2, 2020

King Khan has shared the video for 'Wait Till The Stars Burn,' a highlight from his first-ever jazz album The Infinite Ones.

VIDEO: Eartha Kitt Hit Becomes A Timely Parody With Jim Brosseau and Halcyone Hurst's VideoVIDEO: Eartha Kitt Hit Becomes A Timely Parody With Jim Brosseau and Halcyone Hurst's 'Sanitizer Baby'
by Stage Tube - Mar 17, 2020

Writer-composer Jim Brosseau and veteran actor Halcyone Hurst have collaborated on a song to help lend levity to our virus-obsessed times. Brosseau rewrote the lyrics to Eartha Kitt's iconic a?oeSanta Baby,a?? the 1953 holiday hit written by Joan Javits and Philip Springer.

VIDEO: Broadway Inspirational Voices Releases Video of 'The Room Where It Happens' fr VideoVIDEO: Broadway Inspirational Voices Releases Video of 'The Room Where It Happens' from HAMILTON
by Stage Tube - Jan 3, 2020

In a video introduced by composer/lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, BIV continues Season 3 of BOW with an elegant and liquid rendition of a?oeThe Room Where It Happensa?? from Hamilton. This sophisticated and authoritative interpretation of the iconic song helps it become catchier than ever wrapped inside of BIV's incredible musicianship. Once again Grammy award-nominated and Tony Honoree Michael McElroy has completed his inspired arrangement with orchestrations in collaboration with Isaac Harlan, and videography by Nate Wind. Founder McElroy and BIV have enjoyed 25 years of creating spaces where love, diversity, and inspiration happen. See the latest version we've made, and join us in the room!

Video: Broadway Inspirational Voices Covers ‚ÄúWondering‚ÄĚ From THE BRIDGES OF MADIS VideoVideo: Broadway Inspirational Voices Covers ‚ÄúWondering‚ÄĚ From THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 9, 2019

Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years) introduces his song, ‚ÄúWondering‚ÄĚ, covered by Tony Awards honorees, Broadway Inspirational Voices

VIDEO: First Footage Released of THE WILD PARTY at The Other Palace
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

First footage is released today of Michael John LaChiusa's The Wild Party, which plays until Saturday 1 April at The Other Palace.

BWW TV Exclusive: Joshua Ellis Shares True Stories of a Broadway Press Agent in CALL MY PUBLICIST!
by Randy Rainbow - Apr 26, 2015

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Andrew Levine, Executive Director), as part of its acclaimed Developmental Readings Series, presented CALL MY PUBLICIST! - The Starry Education of a Broadway Press Agent, written and performed by Joshua Ellis. This premiere reading, directed by Gretchen Cryer was presented earlier this month at The York Theatre Company. BroadwayWorld brings you exclusive highlights from the special night below!

FIRST LISTEN: Ariana Grande Covers Eartha Kitt's 'Santa Baby'
by Caryn Robbins - Dec 10, 2013

Teen sensation Ariana Grande has shared her cover of Eartha Kitt's signature holiday tune, 'Santa Baby.' The single is the last release off her four-song EP, Christmas Kisses, out today, Tuesday (December 10). Get a first listen below!

BWW TV Exclusive: Talking to the 2013 Tony Winners - Cicely Tyson
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 24, 2013

BroadwayWorld.com's Richie Ridge sat with all of the 2013 Tony Winners right after they came off stage from their big wins. The winners were filled with joy, memories and excitement and we've got it ALL! Here's Cicely Tyson, who won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for her portrayal of Carrie Watts in The Trip to Bountiful.

BWW TV: The Best of Bradshaw Smith - 25 Years of Performances; Chita, WICKED, Broadway Bares, Liza, Julie, Bernadette, FOLLIES & Much More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 10, 2012

For over twenty-five years, the late Bradshaw Smith (Founder & Executive Producer of "Broadway Beat" and Applause Video) was the theater world's preeminent videographer, capturing over 1,000 performances on Broadway, off-Broadway, in cabaret halls and beyond that now, because of him, live on today. Bradshaw Smith died on January 16, 2012, at age 57, following a sudden and severe stroke. To conclude the intimate memorial, Bradshaw's longtime friend and editor, Jonathan Frank, compiled the best of Bradshaw's work as a video artist. For a look back at your favorite performances nearly three decades long, all captured through Bradshaw's lens, click below!

ZOMBIE Screened at Cleveland Film Festival, 4/1
by Kelsey Denette - Mar 30, 2011

New York: ZOMBIE will be screened at the Cleveland International Film Festival on Friday, April 1 at 11:15 pm. The festival takes place at Tower City Cinemas in Tower City Center at 230 West Huron Road, Cleveland, OH 44113. For tickets: 877-304-3456 or in person at the Ulmer & Berne Film Festival Box Office. www.clevelandfilm.org.


Eartha Kitt Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Eartha Kitt been in?
Eartha Kitt has appeared on Broadway in 9 shows.

How many West End shows has Eartha Kitt been in?
Eartha Kitt has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

What was Eartha Kitt's first West End show?
Eartha Kitt's first West End show was Follies which opened in 1987

What awards has Eartha Kitt been nominated for?
Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Wild Party (New York Shakespeare Festival) Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Wild Party and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Timbuktu! .

What awards has Eartha Kitt won?
Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Wild Party (New York Shakespeare Festival).