|Birthname||Eartha Mae Kitt|
|Born:||December 8, 1955|
|Birthplace:||North, South Carolina, U.S.|
|1952-2008, her death|
|voiced numerous characters in "McDonaldland" TV commercials|
Eartha Mae Kitt (January 17, 1927 - December 25, 2008) was an American actress, cabaret star and singer who was noted for her distinctive voice. She played Catwoman in the third season of the 1960's Batman TV series. Kitt voiced characters in "McDonaldland" television commercials.
Eartha was perhaps best known for her highly distinctive singing style and her 1953 hit recordings of "C'est Si Bon" and the enduring Christmas novelty smash "Santa Baby". Legendary Hollywood actor Orson Welles once called her the "most exciting woman in the world". She took over the role of "Catwoman" for the third and final season of the 1960s Batman television series, replacing actress Julie Newmar, who was unavailable due to other commitments. She also voiced Yzma on Disney's The Emperor's New Groove and its television spinoff, The Emporer's New School earning two Emmys in the process, the second shortly before her death. She won a third Emmy posthumously in 2010, for The Wonder Pets.
- ↑ Messer, Kate X. (July 21, 2006). "Just An Old Fashioned Cat". The Austin Chronicle. http://www.austinchronicle.com/arts/2006-07-21/388422/.
- ↑ "Singer-actress Eartha Kitt dies at 81". MSNBC. December 26, 2008. http://www.today.com/id/28386832/ns/today-entertainment/t/singer-actress-eartha-kitt-dies/.
- ↑ Wilson, Christopher (December 26, 2008). "Seductive singer Eartha Kitt dies at 81". Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/assets/print?aid=USTRE4BO1H520081226.
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