Kitt, Eartha

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Eartha Kitt
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Name
Kitt, Eartha Gender: F
born on 26 January 1928 at 04:00 (= 04:00 AM )
Place North SC, USA, 33n36, 81w06
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Date in question
Rodden Rating XX
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 05°10' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 20°08 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 13°45'



Biography

American singer and actress who rose from grinding, abject poverty; an illegitimate child of a half-black, half-American Indian woman and a white father whose identity she never learned. She was called "yella gal" and shunned by her South Carolina neighbors. At one time, little Eartha Mae, her mom and half-sister lived in a forest, surviving on wild berries. Eventually her mom ran off, leaving her to neighbors who subjected her to merciless beatings. At eight, she was rescued by Aunt Mamie, who brought her to Harlem to live. It was there she got her first break, learned to dance with the all-black Katherine Dunham Company.

She escaped to Europe as a dancer, learning her craft and breaking hearts as a member of the Dance Troupe. After meeting her in Paris in 1951, Orson Welles dubbed her the most exciting woman alive. Her Broadway breakthrough came with "New Faces of 1952." She had a couple hit records, "C'est Si Bon" and "Santa Baby" and a stint as Catwoman on the "Batman" TV series.

She was once banned in Boston after terrifying the Brahmans with her predatory sexuality. When she famously denounced the Vietnam War in front of Lady Bird Johnson, she was unwelcome in America for six years, 1968-74.

Her up-and-down career was echoed with her love life. She married only once, briefly, to realtor Bill McDonald, the father of her one daughter, Kit Shapiro. She had two long, intense relationships, cinema king Arthur Loew Jr. and cosmetic baron Charles Revson.

Kitt speaks six languages, has written three autobiographies, including "I'm Still Here," 1990 and has been nominated for two Tony's, an Emmy and two Grammy's. A gutsy, sexy feminist who never was a shrinking violet, she stood up for causes long before they were considered chic, the environment, the homeless, civil right, AIDS, declaring when something is important, it is important to stand up for it.

After five decades, she still electrifies the stage with her one-of-a-kind persona in a vibrant and fresh cabaret act. She purrs, prowls and growls, coos and cracks up.

In 2006 she was diagnosed with colon cancer, and she died of the disease on December 25, 2008, age 80 or 81.She had been living in Connecticut.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Events

  • Work : New Career 1952 (Broadway debut)
  • Misc. : Waiting/ On Hold 1968 (Banned from U.S., six years)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1990 (Autobiography released)
  • Death by Disease 25 December 2008 (Of cancer, age 80 or 81)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Health : Medical diagnosis 2006 (Colon cancer)

Source Notes

Gauquelin Book of American Charts (Davies gives same date, 00:10 AM "from her" in "Signs of the Stars.")

(People magazine 7/21/1997 quotes her that she did not know her age or even her birthdate as she was adopted at six when her mom died and her dad was unknown, and that she arbitrarily chose January 26, 1928. The article says that students at Benedict College in Columbia, SC tracked down her B.C. which gives January 17, 1927, St. Matthews, SC.)  ?????

Kitt is quoted for saying, "I was doing a benefit for Benedict College in South Carolina and I jokingly, but meaningfully, said, "Well, I am coming down there to do a benefit for you kids. Why don’t you do some research on Eartha Kitt since I was born in that area to find a birth certificate?" I didn’t think that they would do it seriously, but they did it. They found a birth certificate. So it’s Eartha Keith, which was pronounced "Kitt." And it’s January 17, 1927, so I am a Capricorn."

This may possibly be an Urbane Legend, inasmuch as Sy Scholfield has the following correspondence from Mary L. McAfee of the University:

From: "Mary McAfee" mcafeem@benedict.edu

To: Syscholfield@hotmail.com

Subject: Dear Mr. Scholfield;

Date: Thu, 09 May 2002 09:10:23 -0400


Dear Mr. Scholfield;

We have enclosed the information, concerning Eartha Kitt, you requested by e-mail. We are sorry that it has taken so long to receive a reply. Your request for this info was printed from the e-mail you sent and the sheet was misplaced. We located it this week. Your e-mail did not come to my direct e-mail address, which is cafeem@benedict.edu Please accept our apology

for such a long delay.

If this information is not sufficient, please let us know. We got by word of mouth from our Public Relations Director, who states that students did locate Ms. Earth Kitt's birth certificate at SC Carolina's Bureau of Vital

Statistics, then they took her there and she was presented with an original copy of her birth certificate. The article from People Weekly confirms this information. We personally, do not have a copy of her birthday certificate.

The students did not personally pick up a copy of the certificate. Ms. Kitt and the Bureau of Vital Statistics are the only ones that can provide a copy of the certificate.

If we can be of further assistance, please let us know.

Sincerely,

Mary L. McAfee, Coordinator,Archives

Benedict College

1600 Harden Street, Room 106

Columbia, SC 29204

Tel: 1-803-253-5431 Fax: 1-803-540-2514

e-mail:mcafeem@benedict. Edu


Sy Scholfield sends the following from the web, 5/13/02,

"---------------------

"Eartha Kitt Purr-severes: The feline feminist talks about her two lives as the child and the woman" by Blase DiStefano http://www.outsmartmagazine.com/issue/i07-01/eartha.html


How do you feel though about North, South Carolina?

Well, I thought I was born in North, South Carolina, because that is what I was told. I didn’t have a birth certificate, no proof of where or how old I was until a few years ago. I was living under the understanding that I was born January 26, 1926.

I was doing a benefit for Benedict College in South Carolina and I jokingly, but meaningfully, said, "Well, I am coming down there to do a benefit for you kids. Why don’t you do some research on Eartha Kitt since I was born in that area to find a birth certificate?" I didn’t think that they would do it seriously, but they did it. They found a birth certificate. So it’s Eartha Keith, which was pronounced "Kitt." And it’s January 17, 1927, so I am a Capricorn.

But I was also trying to find out who my father was. And all of the writing on the birth certificate is in the same handwriting, so I still don’t know who my father is. But they say that at that time–and it is still on the books obviously, because this is only a few years ago–that if you are an illegitimate child , the father doesn’t have to put his name down on the certificate. So the nurse put all the information in her handwriting. In many ways, they say, it might be because she is protecting the father because I am supposed to be, according to what I am told, one of the children of the cotton plantation owner’s sons. If I could prove that this is the case, I’d own the whole goddamn everything.

[Both laugh.]" PT notes that her NY Times obituary recounts the story about students finding her birth certificate and giving her birth dat as January 26, 1927.

Categories

  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ feminist
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Rags to riches
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Legitimate theater)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Languages (Fluent in six languages)
  • Traits : Body : Race (Black, American Indian and White)
  • Traits : Personality : Fiery
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One)
  • Family : Childhood : Disadvantaged (Abject poverty)
  • Family : Childhood : Memories Bad
  • Family : Childhood : Sibling circumstances (One half-sister)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Dancer/ Teacher
  • Vocation : Beauty : Sex-symbol
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer (Three autobiog's)
  • Family : Childhood : Parent, Single or Step (Raised by aunt)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Night Club/ Vaudeville (Cabaret)
  • Traits : Personality : Personality robust (Survivor)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer