Eartha Kitt (born Eartha Mae Keith on January 17, 1927) is an
American actress, singer, and cabaret star. She is best known for
her role as Catwoman in the 1960s TV series Batman, and for her
1953 Christmas song "Santa Baby." Orson Welles once called her "the
most exciting woman in the world."
In 1960, Kitt was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of
Fame. She has also received three Tony nominations, two Grammy
nominations, and an Emmy win. She was profiled on the December 31,
2007 broadcast of NPR's Morning Edition. She was married to Bill
McDonald from 1960 to 1965 and had one child, a daughter, Kitt
Shapiro. Eartha has two grandchildren, Jason and Rachel. She lived
for many years in Pound Ridge, NY, but recently moved to
Connecticut to be near her daughter's family. In 2007 she performed
at the Hotel Carlyle in New York.
Kitt was the spokesperson for MAC Cosmetics Smoke Signals
collection in August 2007. She re-recorded Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
for the occasion, was showcased on the MAC website and the song was
played at all MAC locations carrying the collection for the
She was a great friend of the actor James Dean and makes
appearances in films about the late actor.