Kitt, Eartha

Kitt, (Earth Mae) Eartha

(?1928–  ) singer; born in North, S.C. Originally a dancer with the Katherine Dunham troupe, she stayed in Paris after a tour and gained a reputation as a club singer. Returning to Broadway in 1952, she lent her cat-like voice and demeanor to a number of stage and film roles over the next 30 years but her mannered style made her an exotic.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.