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Legendary Diva: Eartha Kitt

Remembering Eartha Kitt
Dec 27, 2008, 11:57 AM | by Michael Slezak

In an era when manufactured "celebrities" are as common as drab backyard sparrows, Eartha Kitt, who died on Christmas day of colon cancer at age 81, was the kind of strange, wondrous, exotic bird you lay eyes on once and never forget. I first discovered Kitt when I was a young boy watching after-school reruns of Batman; she was touted in the credits as an "Extra Special Guest Villainess" for her role as "The Catwoman," and while everything about the show was pure ridiculousness -- nothing more so than the way Kitt gleefully rolled her r's on words like "prrrrrrrhaps" and "terrrrrrrrific" -- it was an exercise in futility to try to take my eyes off the giddy woman in the black bodysuit who seemed to turn her every scene into a wild one-woman show.

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