Meet Eartha Kitt – Actress, Activist and Superstar
In our continued celebration of Women’s History Month GaffneyLewis LLC is proud to shine the light on Eartha Kitt (born Eartha Mae Keith; January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008). Kitt was an American singer, actress, dancer, voice actress, comedienne, activist, author, and songwriter.
Hailing from North, South Carolina, Kitt played Cat Woman on the final season of Batman; and her beautiful, growly voice is the one we hear on the original Christmas favorite, “Santa Baby.”
Kitt was an activist. She spoke publicly against the Vietnam War. For many years, she fought for LGBTQ rights. She also started the Kittsville Youth Foundation and Rebels with a Cause, which were non-profit organizations focused on helping underprivileged youths who worked together to clean up depressed parts of Los Angeles (Watts) and Washington, D.C. (Anacostia) and establish recreation areas for the youth in these areas.
“We’re all rejected people, we know what it is to be refused, we know what it is to be oppressed, depressed, and then, accused, and I am very much cognizant of that feeling. Nothing in the world is more painful than rejection. I am a rejected, oppressed person, and so I understand them, as best as I can, even though I am a heterosexual.”
She accomplished much in her life and was generous in her support of others, but it is Kitt’s sense of empathy and acceptance that makes her a superstar.
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