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Eartha Kitt

(1928-2008), Singer

Sitter in 8 portraits
Born on a cotton plantation in the deep south of the United States and abandoned by her mother, Kitt grew up with an aunt. Graduating from the New York School of Performing Arts, she made her New York debut as a dancer in Blue Holiday (1945). After being called the "most exciting woman in the world" by Orson Welles, he cast her as Helen of Troy in Dr Faustus. She later starred in Batman (1967), owning the role of 'Catwoman' and subsequently becoming the first black woman to achieve mainstream TV success in America. Her distinctive singing style gave her many hits including the Christmas song "Santa Baby". Despite her 'sex kitten' status, she was an outspoken activist for civil rights.

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Eartha Kitt, by (Edward) Russell Westwood - NPG x35240

Eartha Kitt

by (Edward) Russell Westwood
semi-matte bromide print, 1951
NPG x35240

Eartha Kitt, by (Edward) Russell Westwood - NPG x35238

Eartha Kitt

by (Edward) Russell Westwood
bromide print, 1951
NPG x35238

Eartha Kitt; Frank Weir, by (Edward) Russell Westwood - NPG x35239

Eartha Kitt; Frank Weir

by (Edward) Russell Westwood
glazed bromide print, 1951
NPG x35239

Eartha Kitt; Frank Weir, by (Edward) Russell Westwood - NPG x35587

Eartha Kitt; Frank Weir

by (Edward) Russell Westwood
glazed bromide print, 1951
NPG x35587

Eartha Kitt; Frank Weir, by (Edward) Russell Westwood - NPG x35241

Eartha Kitt; Frank Weir

by (Edward) Russell Westwood
semi-matte bromide print, 1951
NPG x35241

Eartha Kitt, by (Edward) Russell Westwood - NPG x35242

Eartha Kitt

by (Edward) Russell Westwood
semi-matte bromide print, 1951
NPG x35242

Eartha Kitt and an unknown woman, by (Edward) Russell Westwood - NPG x35237

Eartha Kitt and an unknown woman

by (Edward) Russell Westwood
glazed bromide print, 1951
NPG x35237

Eartha Kitt, by Lewis Morley - NPG x125198

Eartha Kitt

by Lewis Morley
toned bromide print, 1960s
NPG x125198

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