Catwoman passed away at Christmas from cancer aged 81

Legendary American singer and actress Eartha Kitt died of colon cancer aged 81 on Christmas Day (December 25), 2008.

Most famous for singing the 1963 Christmas hit “Santa Baby”, Kitt was also an actress and singer in New York musicals and cabaret shows.

Born on January 17, 1927 in North, South Carolina, Kitt also scored a UK Top 40 hit with “Where Is My Man” in 1984 and also with Broknski Beat with the track “Cha-Cha Heels”.

Kitt throughout her career was nominated for Tony, Grammy and Emmy awards, winning two Tonys in 1978 and 2000 for roles in the musicals Timbutktu! and The Wild Party, respectively.

Working with the legendary Orson Welles in 1950’s ‘Dr Faustus’, Welles famously described Eartha as “the most exciting woman in the world”.

Kitt was also famous for playing the role of Catwoman, in the 60s Batman television series.

She took over the role of Catwoman for the third season of the 1960s Batman television series,

Kitt wrote three autobiographies in her lifetime; Thursday’s Child (1956), Alone with Me (1976), and I’m Still Here: Confessions of a Sex Kitten (1989).

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