Black History Spotlight: From Broadway to ‘Batman,’ Eartha Kitt left a mark

Updated: Feb. 17, 2021 at 4:42 PM EST
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - She was once called “the most exciting woman in the world,” an international superstar known for her versatility as a singer, actress, performer and so much more.

This Black History Spotlight shines the light on Eartha Kitt.

To this day, it isn’t Christmas without hearing the song she’s most known for - “Santa Baby.” However, before Kitt found fame, she went through a rough upbringing.

Born in North, S.C. in 1927, Kitt was ostracized for her mixed heritage. Her father was white and her mother African-American.

At a young age, Kitt was sent to New York to live with her aunt. It was there where her passion for show business began to blossom.

Kitt would go on to make a name for herself in cabaret and on Broadway. She was known in nightclubs throughout Paris and around the world.

From the stage to the TV screen, Kitt’s distinctive voice can be heard in the character YZMA, the villain in Disney’s animated film “The Emperor’s New Groove.”

In 1967, Kitt played the infamous Catwoman in the “Batman” television series.

Her work earned her multiple Daytime Emmy awards as well as Annie awards. She was also nominated for multiple Tony and Grammy awards.

Kitt passed away in 2008, but her legacy will forever be etched in history. In 1960, she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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