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Eartha Kitt Biography

Birth Name:
Eartha Mae Keith
Birth Place:
North, South Carolina, United States
Singer, actor, dancer

Fast Facts

  • Auditioned for a spot with the Katherine Dunham Dance School on a dare
  • Made her Broadway debut in 1945 with Blue Holiday
  • Released debut album RCA Victor Presents Eartha Kitt in 1954
  • The album included the Christmas tune "Santa Baby
  • " Penned three autobiographies: Thursday's Child in 1956; Alone With Me: A New Autobiography in 1976; and I'm Still Here: Confessions of a Sex Kitten in 1993
  • Won a Daytime Emmy in 2007 and 2008 for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for her voice work in The Emperor's New School
  • Was multilingual: spoke four and sang in seven different languages


  • Kitt Shapiro -- Daughter
  • William McDonald -- Ex-husband
  • William Keith-Fields -- Father
  • Mamie Riley -- Mother