Kitt performing in concert in 2007
|Birth name||Eartha Mae Keith|
|Also known as||Miss Kitt, Mother Eartha, Kitty|
January 17, 1927|
North, South Carolina, U.S.
|Died||December 25, 2008
Weston, Connecticut, U.S.
|Genres||Vocal jazz, cabaret, dance, torch|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, actress, activist, voice actress|
|Labels||RCA Victor (1953â€“59), Kapp (1959â€“60), MGM (1962), EMI (1963â€“65), GNP Crescendo (1965), Decca (1965), Spark (1970), Can’t Stop (1984), Ariola (1989â€“90), ITM (1991â€“92), DRG (1994), Strike Force in (2008)|
I think it's fun to look at people with big diamonds. I see them in my audience all the time, with the fur coat, a woman whose hand is always out front, or the two fingers are on the cheek to show her diamond. I don't have anything against that.
Don't depend on other people to be responsible for you. Don't make yourself stressed out over nonsensical things like material things.
I stayed on my own path and did not follow the herd. I made a way for myself.
I have a great need for affection from an audience. I don't know whether this is because I had such a tough life when I was a child.
I've always said to my men friends, If you really care for me, darling, you will give me territory. Give me land, give me land.
I had almost three acres of land in Beverly Hills. And I had a big atrium of chickens because I love that feeling of being in the country and living from the soil.
I was given away. If your mother gives you away, you think everybody who comes into your life is going to give you away.
I've always been multi-cultural myself. I'm not black and I'm not white and I'm not pink and I'm not green. Eartha Kitt has no color, and that is how barriers are broken.
I used to love it when I walked down the street and construction workers would whistle.
My recipe for life is not being afraid of myself, afraid of what I think or of my opinions.
I'm an orphan. But the public has adopted me, and that has been my only family. The biggest family in the world is my fans.
I don't wear my political feelings on my sleeve. However, if I'm asked, I will answer honestly.
A lot can be said with just a look, or the way the body moves. Each song is a different character. So each song takes on a different movement of the body. And the body has to go with the subject and the attitude that you have toward that subject.
Let's take care of the necessities first: give people jobs, and find a way to get us out of poverty.
Orson Welles was one of these people who was defying everything the doctors told him he wasn't supposed to be doing. He was really enjoying himself when he was eating what he wanted to eat.
Having my animals or my children with me exorcises that feeling of not being wanted.
I don't carry myself as a black person but as a woman that belongs to everybody. After all, it's the general public that made me – not any one particular group. So I don't think of myself as belonging to any particular group and never have.
This is where you see the truth of entertainment, because it is not edited. You see it on stage as it is happening. Even if we fall down or forget our words, it's a part of live entertainment.
You don't move just because you want to go from this point to that point – the body has to be using the words as well as you vocally use the words.
Eartha Mae is very shy. She's scared to be seen, scared of rejection and even afraid of affection. Relationships can be rather uncomfortable for her. But, as Eartha Kitt, it's fine. I can accept and reject any time I want to. Do I ever reject? Not really. Although people think I do!
Jewelry, to me, is a pain in the derriere, because you have to be watching it all the time.
I'm a dirt person. I trust the dirt. I don't trust diamonds and gold.
The river is constantly turning and bending and you never know where it's going to go and where you'll wind up. Following the bend in the river and staying on your own path means that you are on the right track. Don't let anyone deter you from that.
My house was bugged. They couldn't find any information on me being a subversive because I happen to love America; I just don't like some of the things the government is doing.
I do think that same gender partners should be able to be married. Why not? If you share a life together than who in the world should have anything to say about it?
Dr. Einstein was not successful in school, but he found something in the air from his own imagination and his own brain power, and look what he did.
I punish myself more than anybody else does if I am stupid about my actions, and I suffer, really suffer.
When we want to have our own style of living, it is nobody's business but ours. What we do in private is our private business.
I never identified with anybody. I have always been very sensitive about my color, because everybody called me 'yellow gal.' I was caught in between both sides – nobody wanted me. I love that my audience is there, but I always feel as though I have to fend for myself.
We're not thought of in terms of color because we are entertainers. We are there to entertain you not because we are black, white, pink, or green or gay or straight or because we are Catholic or Protestant.
People in general are used to seeing me as the naughty girl because that's what they've always cast me as.
If you're looking for immediate rewards, you're only looking for the money.
When the people who are responsible for our country ask you a direct question, I expect them to accept a direct answer, not to be blackballed because you are telling the truth.