Friday, December 26, 2008

c'est si bon

Ms. Kitt, a native of South Carolina, spoke four languages and sang in seven.

Eartha Kitt, a Seducer of Audiences, Dies at 81.

No slouch, Eartha.

In one of the bio clips that ran on the radio as word got out that Ms. Kitt passed away, she was laughing about the lyrics of Santa Baby, and how none of the men who laid sables under her tree ever stuck around for very long. "My prince turned out to be me," she said.

Brutalized and for awhile homeless as a child, she worked hard and pulled together an extraordinary life. As the New York Times reported:

“'I’m a dirt person,' she told Ebony magazine in 1993. 'I trust the dirt. I don’t trust diamonds and gold.'”

1 comment:

anniemcq said...

I thought of you when I saw the news. I guess we're going to have to be the tough dames pretty soon.

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