Date: Published Sept 2008
Signed By: Deborah Feingold in Pencil
Edition: 21 Prints Available World Wide
Dimensions: Image 36 x 42cm / Paper 52 x 60 cm
Atelier: Dekkel Fine Art Publishing Ltd
Condition: New – mint condition
Medium: Archival Giclee On 300gsm Fine Art Paper
Eartha Mae Kitt (January 17, 1927 December 25, 2008)was an American actress, singer, and cabaret star. She was perhaps best known for her 1953 Christmas song “Santa Baby”. Orson Welles once called her the “most exciting woman in the world.”She took over the role of Catwoman for the third season of the 1960s Batman television series, replacing Julie Newmar, who was unavailable for the final season.
Kitt was born Eartha Mae Keith on a cotton plantation in the town of North, South Carolina, a small town in Orangeburg County near Columbia, South Carolina. Her mother was of Cherokee and African-American descent and her father of German or Dutch descent.
She claimed she was conceived by rape.
In 1950, Orson Welles gave Kitt her first starring role, as Helen of Troy in his staging of Dr. Faustus. A few years later, she was cast in the revue New Faces of 1952 introducing “Monotonous” and “Bal, Petit Bal”, two songs with which she continues to be identified. In 1954, 20th Century Fox filmed a version of the revue simply titled New Faces. Though it’s often falsely alleged that Welles and Kitt had an affair during her run in Shinbone Alley, Kitt categorically denied this in a June 2001 interview with George Wayne of Vanity Fair.
“I never had sex with Orson Welles,” Kitt told Vanity Fair, “It was a working situation and nothing else”.
In 1958, Kitt made her feature film debut opposite Sidney Poitier in The Mark of the Hawk.
In the late 1990s, she appeared as the Wicked Witch of the West in the North American national touring company of The Wizard of Oz. In 2000, Kitt again returned to Broadway in the short-lived run of Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party opposite Mandy Patinkin and Toni Collette.
Beginning in late 2000, she starred as the Fairy Godmother in the US national tour of Cinderella alongside Deborah Gibson and then Jamie-Lynn Sigler.
In 2003, she replaced Chita Rivera in Nine. She reprised her role as the Fairy Godmother at a special engagement of Cinderella, which took place at Lincoln Center during the holiday season of 2004.