Sad news for Christmas about the passing of the woman who introduced the song Santa Baby. An amazing life — from sharecropping, to working as a dancer with the great Katherine Dunham, to success in Broadway and Europe, to angering LBJ so much that she was blacklisted in the U.S., and on and on! Orson Wells once called her “the most exciting woman alive.”
I only saw Eartha Kitt once, at the long-shuttered disco Tracks, when she was in her camp-disco period. She was every bit as fabulous as you would want an aging diva in the midst of a desperate career move to be.
Kidding aside, truly one of the greats and a great survivor. Here’s a link* to my favorite of her oeuvre — I’m Still Here. When she sings “first you’re another sloe-eyed vamp, then someone’s mother, then you’re camp,” well, how much more honesty can there be ?
*For reasons I don’t quite understand, I stuill haven’t been able to figure out how to embed BlueGobo videos into WordPress.