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Eartha Kitt

Kitt performing in concert in 2007
Background information
Birth name Eartha Mae Keith[1]
Also known as Miss Kitt, Mother Eartha,[2] Kitty
Born (1927-01-17)January 17, 1927
North, South Carolina, U.S.
Died December 25, 2008(2008-12-25) (aged 81)
Weston, Connecticut, U.S.
Genres Vocal jazz, cabaret, dance, torch
Occupation(s) Singer, actress, activist, voice actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1943–2008
Labels RCA Victor (1953–59), Kapp (1959–60), MGM (1962), EMI (1963–65), GNP Crescendo (1965), Decca (1965), Spark (1970), Can’t Stop (1984), Ariola (1989–90), ITM (1991–92), DRG (1994), Strike Force in (2008)
Website www.earthakitt.com

You don't have to hit anybody on the head to be sexy.
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.
Eartha Kitt
Don't depend on other people to be responsible for you. Don't make yourself stressed out over nonsensical things like material things.
Eartha Kitt
I am the original 'Material Girl.'
I stayed on my own path and did not follow the herd. I made a way for myself.
Eartha Kitt
I have to keep testing myself.
Greed is so destructive. It destroys everything.
Even as a child, I found a way to survive.
The audience has always been my best director.
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.
Eartha Kitt
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.
Eartha Kitt
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.
Eartha Kitt
I was given away. If your mother gives you away, you think everybody who comes into your life is going to give you away.
Eartha Kitt
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.
Eartha Kitt
I used to love it when I walked down the street and construction workers would whistle.
Eartha Kitt
My recipe for life is not being afraid of myself, afraid of what I think or of my opinions.
Eartha Kitt
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.
Eartha Kitt
I was an illegitimate, well, I still am an illegitimate child.
I love to tease men with my legs.
I don't wear my political feelings on my sleeve. However, if I'm asked, I will answer honestly.
Eartha Kitt
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.
Eartha Kitt
In the '50s, critics used to say I had a 'dangerous' act.
Live theater to me is much more free than the movies or television.
Let's take care of the necessities first: give people jobs, and find a way to get us out of poverty.
Eartha Kitt
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.
Eartha Kitt
Generally the whole entertainment business now is bland.
Maybe subconsciously I feel I was meant to work hard for a living.
Having my animals or my children with me exorcises that feeling of not being wanted.
Eartha Kitt
Just because you are different does not mean that you have to be rejected.
I never take anything for granted. I may slip any minute.
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.
Eartha Kitt
Aging has a wonderful beauty and we should have respect for that.

Greed is so destructive. It destroys everything.
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.
Eartha Kitt
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 Kitt
I was a street dancer.
I am a mother and I know the feeling of having a baby come out of my gut.
I wouldn't bother to describe me. I'm Eartha Kitt.
In essence, I'm a sophisticated cotton picker.
Whenever I walk out on a stage, I'm begging for affection.
Innocence is one of the most exciting things in the world.
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!
Eartha Kitt
Jewelry, to me, is a pain in the derriere, because you have to be watching it all the time.
Eartha Kitt
I was considered an ugly duckling.
I'm a dirt person. I trust the dirt. I don't trust diamonds and gold.
Eartha Kitt
I am the last of the Mohicans, the creme de la creme of cabaret.
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.
Eartha Kitt
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.
Eartha Kitt
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?
Eartha Kitt
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.
Eartha Kitt
I punish myself more than anybody else does if I am stupid about my actions, and I suffer, really suffer.
Eartha Kitt
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.
Eartha Kitt
I used to teach dance lessons.
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.
Eartha Kitt
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.
Eartha Kitt
People in general are used to seeing me as the naughty girl because that's what they've always cast me as.
Eartha Kitt
If you're looking for immediate rewards, you're only looking for the money.
Eartha Kitt
I fight for other people better than I fight for myself.
I love men and I like to get their attention.
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.
I don't think I ever really got interested in theater.
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.
Eartha Kitt
The public has become my fairy godmother.