By now you’ve probably heard that the great performer and legendary songstress (and one of Batman’s three “Catwoman”), Eartha Kitt died on Christmas Day, 2008 at the age of 81. The Archive of American Television was privileged to interview Ms. Kitt about her television work in 2002. In memoriam, here are some excerpts from the interview:
Eartha Kitt (1927-2008) was interviewed for nearly an hour-and-a-half in New York, NY. Kitt briefly talked about her early stage work in New York and abroad, and her opinions regarding a performer’s relationship with the audience. She described appearing on “live” television in New York in the 1950s, on such series as Omnibus and The Ed Sullivan Show. She discussed the difficulties faced by African-Americans regarding their appearances on television. She discussed her work in filmed television, including guest shots on such series as Mission: Impossible, I Spy, and Batman (as one of the more memorable actresses who played “Catwoman”). The interview was conducted by Michael Rosen on October 15, 2002.