Singer, dancer and actress Eartha Kitt died at the age of 81 on Christmas 2009 with her daughter by her side. Kitt had suffered from colon cancer and was being treated in New York.
The woman Orson Welles called the most exciting woman in the world came along way in her 81 years.
Kitt was Catwoman in the Batman television series during the 1960’s.
Kitt grew up in the cotton fields of South Carolina escaping to become a popular actress. She was known as a “sex kitten” because of her catlike purr.
Last week her Christmas song “Santa Baby” was certified gold. Just six weeks ago she had taped a PBS special in Chicago which is set to air in February.
She was one of the most versatile American performers winning two Emmys, three total Emmy nominations, a Grammy nomination and two Tony nominations.
Kitt resided in Connecticut near her daughter and four children.