Legendary Eartha Kitt: Unsung Style Icon, Lover of Animal Prints and Turbans

Eartha Kitt was the personification of the word "fierce," with a six-decades-long career worthy of being lusted over. Or, rather, purred over. Although she grew up poor on a South Carolina cotton plantation, she moved to New York City at a young age and was quickly thrust into the arts, taking up dancing, singing and acting. By 25, she was considered a Broadway star with a starring role in New Faces of 1952. Of the performance, the New York Times reported, "Eartha Kitt not only looks incendiary, but she can make a song burst into flame." Throughout the ensuing decades, which would include her giving the world "Santa Baby" and being cast — at 40, no less — as Catwoman on Batman, she would earn a reputation as one of the first black sex symbols, with director Orson Welles calling her "the most exciting woman alive." READ MORE

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