Femme Fatale. Champagne Chanteuse. Star of stage and screen. Eartha Kitt is the original Material Girl who knows more about the ins and outs of men at 79 years young than most women could ever hope to know. She was discovered while performing in Paris, at the age of 20 by the legendary Orson Welles, who called her “the most exciting woman in the world.” We agree and in fact, we think she’s purrrrrr...fect - just like in her persona as Catwoman on the television series Batman and her film roles in Boomerang, Fatal Instinct, Unzipped, and The Emperor’s New Groove. Here in an exclusive interview with us, she discusses, men, performing and well, men.
Lance Avery Morgan: Everyone calls you a living legend. How does that feel at this point of your career?
Eartha Kitt: It’s kind of a scary thought, you know, but you have to live with it. I’m someone’s whose been around for awhile.
LAM: You’re still the toast of the cabaret set from coast to coast. You just finished up a gig at the Carlyle in New York. How was it?
EK: I think it’s what people are looking now… they don’t like the kind of music that is hateful or anti-women that’s out there now. They want to feel good again about society and themselves.
LAM: When you’re on stage performing, what do you love most about that – is it that instant connection with your audience?
EK: Oh, very much so. The more they give me, the better I feel about what I am doing. It’s how I interpret a song – whether it’s dramatic or comedy. It’s the most wonderful feeling in the world. Thank God I’m able to hold onto these notes – I sing in the same key as I did 30 years ago.