Eartha Kitt(1928-2008), Singer
Sitter in 8 portraits
Born on a cotton plantation in the deep south of the United States, Kitt was abandoned by her mother and grew up with a relative. She graduated from the New York School of Performing Arts, making her New York debut as a dancer in Blue Holiday in 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 appeared on Broadway in New Faces of 1952 and later in the film version of the show. In 1967 she starred in Batman, 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".