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A5 / 210 x 148mm
A4 / 297 x 210mm
A3 / 420 x 297mm
Depicting Eartha Mae Kitt (1927-2008) - American singer, actor, dancer, activist and comedian.
Ready to be mounted and framed, each print is accompanied by a short bio and posted with a protective greyboard backing in a bio-degradable sleeve, in a hard-backed envelope. A3 prints are wrapped in tissue paper and shipped in a postal tube.
Eartha Mae Kitt (1927-2008) - American singer, actor, dancer, activist and comedian.
Kitt was born on a South Carolina cotton farm in 1927 and raised by a black woman named Anna Mae Riley, whom she believed to be her mother. When she was 8 years old, Anna Mae began dating a man who refused to accept Eartha in his home because of her light complexion; she was soon sent to NYC to live with Anna Mae’s sister, her “aunt” Mamie Kitt, who she later found was her biological mother. She never met or knew anything about her father, except that he was white and that his family owned the farm where she was born.
Whilst in NYC Kitt attended the Metropolitan Vocational High School. She began her career as a member of the Katherine Dunham Company in 1943 and remained a member of the troupe until 1948. A talented singer with a very distinctive voice, Kitt’s unique style was enhanced as she became fluent in French during her years perfomring in Europe. She spoke four languages and sang in eleven. Her most recognisable hit Santa Baby was released in 1953.
In 1950 Kitt starred as Helen of Troy in Orson Welles’ staging of Dr Faustus. During the 1950’s and early 1960’s she recorded; worked in film, television, broadway, and nightclubs. Kitt also lent her distinctive voice to Yzma in The Emperor’s New Groove (for which she won her first Annie Award) and Kaa in a 1994 BBC Radio adaptation of The Jungle Book. Kitt was still performing mere months before her death on Christmas Day 2008.