Morrissey mentions meeting Eartha in Autobiography:
At an airport in Toronto, Eartha Kitt is standing by herself – she who once famously shared a bed with both James Dean and Paul Newman at the same time (or so plain speaking has it). Full of sensuality, she pulled herself out of southern swampland to float insubordinate gestures across the map of American entertainment, and she succeeded very well. Amusingly, her daughter is called Kitt, which surely makes her Kitt Kitt. There are moments when you must give in, so I blandly stick my bland neck out. ‘Do you mind if I say hello?’ I ask Eartha Kitt. She laughs a head-thrown-back laugh. ‘We’re a group from England called the Smiths,’ throws in Johnny. Eartha gives a second laugh – possibly imagining a large family rather than a musical group.
Born: January 17, 1927 in North (near Columbia), South Carolina, USA, died: December 25, 2008 in Weston, Connecticut, USA. Eartha Kitt was an actress, singer, and cabaret star whose mother was African American and Cherokee, and whose father was a White-American. Very busy throughout the 1950's and 1960's as a performer, Kitt was also active in social and political movements. She spoke four languages and sang in 12, which she effortlessly demonstrated in many of her cabaret performances. English, Spanish, German, French, Japanese, Turkish ,Hebrew, Yiddish, Pakistani, Swedish , Tagalog, Italian are the languages she recorded in. Orson Welles once called her the "most exciting woman in the world". She passed away aged 81 on Christmas day 2008 (colorectal cancer). Eartha Kitt also played in many films and TV-plays .Her first films in America were New Faces , after her success in the theatre play Leonard Sillman`s New Faces of 1952 . Furthermore she acted in Anna Lucasta, with Sammy Davis Jr., in Mark of the Hawk, with Sidney Poitier , in St. Louis Blues with Nat King Cole , in Synanon , Boomerang with Eddy Murphy and many many others. She did several voice over jobs in Disney films. She was Baghera the black panther in Disney`s Mowgli `s Story. She was the villain Yzma , in The emperor`s New Groove and also in the spin-off Kronk`s New Groove . For the TV-series that followed she earned herself 2 daytime Emmy awards. Eartha Kitt was blacklisted by President Johnson because of her speaking at a luncheon .she was asked for her opinion and gave it directly and honest. Promptly she was out of work during 11 years in USA. Eartha Kitt went on to continue working in Europe and Asia , where she recorded albums and made a few films too. Up to her last weeks in life, she kept busy working. Four autobiographies she wrote : Thursday`s Child ( which inspired David Bowie to a sing with the same name) . Alone with Me .I`m Still Here ( in USA named Confessions of a Sexkitten ) and REJUVENATE! People know her mostly as Batman`s Catwoman from the TV-series of 1968 . She also played many guest parts in series as I Spy, Mission Impossible, The Nanny, etc . Well-known hits are : C`est si bon / I want to be Evil / Just an Old fashioned Girl / Santa Baby / Where is My Man ( remixed every few years, there must be at least 50 ) / L love Men / Cha Cha Heels (with Bronski Beat ) .
Eartha Mae Kitt (born Keith-Fields; January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008) was an American singer and actress known for her highly distinctive singing style and her 1953 recordings of "C'est si bon" and the Christmas novelty song "Santa Baby". Kitt began her career in 1942 and appeared in the 1945 original Broadway theatre production of the musical Carib Song. In the early 1950s, she had six US Top 30 entries, including "Uska Dara" and "I Want to Be Evil". Her other recordings include the UK Top 10 song "Under the Bridges of Paris" (1954), "Just an Old Fashioned Girl" (1956) and "Where Is My Man" (1983). Orson Welles once called her the "most exciting woman in the world". She starred as Catwoman in the third and final season of the television series Batman in 1967. In 1968, her career in the U.S. deteriorated after she made anti-Vietnam War statements at a White House luncheon. Ten years later, Kitt made a successful return to Broadway in the 1978 original production of the musical Timbuktu!, for which she received the first of her two Tony Award nominations. Her second was for the 2000 original production of the musical The Wild Party. Kitt wrote three autobiographies.Kitt found a new generation of fans through her roles in the Disney films The Emperor's New Groove (2000), in which she voiced the villainous Yzma, and Holes (2003). She reprised the role as Yzma in the direct-to-video sequel Kronk's New Groove (2005), as well as the animated series The Emperor's New School (2006–2008). Her work on the latter earned her two Daytime Emmy Awards. She posthumously won a third Emmy in 2010 for her guest performance on Wonder Pets!