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And now Eartha Kitt's purr has been silenced...

Hey folks, Harry here... I was at Christmas dinner with my family when during a lull in gorging, Yoko looks at her phone to be giddy with her new phone - and sees a FACEBOOK status message alerting folks that Eartha Kitt died. She shows me the screen and I announce, "Oh man, the coolest Catwoman is dead." And in unison, my dad, sister and her boyfriend proclaim... "Eartha Kitt died?" It would have been funny had it not been so true. From the beginning of her career she literally rocked the CASBAH, making her debut uncredited in that film dancing. Just yesterday I was listening to her "SANTA BABY" on XM's Holiday Traditional channel - and Yoko and I sat in the parking lot, stalling our shopping to enjoy her purrfect singing of that classy song. The earliest film of Ms Kitt's that I'm personally familiar with is ST LOUIS BLUES in 1958. Starring alongside Nat 'King' Cole, Cab Calloway and Ella Fitzgerald - as the fabulous Gogo Germaine. That was her biggest film mark - until she became the second television Cat Woman in the camp classic BATMAN with Adam West. Her Catwoman was feral and fun. I've never seen her DR FAUSTUS with Orson Welles, though I have always meant to, just haven't found a copy. Her biggest impression was through Broadway and her Singing career. Though she continued work on film and television in everything from the Blaxploitation fun FRIDAY FOSTER to an episode of MIAMI VICE. You may remember her in ERIK THE VIKING or perhaps the idiotically fun ERNEST SCARED STUPID. Her biggest modern role was the voice of YZMA in THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE - and as Madame Zeroni in HOLES. But for me, she'll always be THE COOLEST CATWOMAN EVER, in that part she was always purrfect! Our thoughts go out to her friends and family this Christmas.























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  • Dec. 25, 2008, 11:15 p.m. CST

    That is sad...

    by Mace13

    Especially to go on a Holiday such as this.

  • Dec. 25, 2008, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Death gotta meet it's quota.

    by Cotton McKnight

    I have a feeling that the celebrity deaths are going to start piling up even more as we reach the last week of 2008. Kind of like traffic tickets- cops are always out the last week of the month so they meet their quota.

  • Dec. 25, 2008, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Say What You Want...

    by Stormshadow4life

    but The Emperor's New Groove is AWESOME!

  • Dec. 25, 2008, 11:38 p.m. CST

    NNNNNOOOOOOOO

    by a rolling stone

    She was the best to ever purr for Batman. This isn't right.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Stormshadow4life...

    by Banzai Rootskibango

    The Emperor's New Groove was a farce.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 12:03 a.m. CST

    And perhaps my favourite Eartha Kitt quote...

    by tvs michael pawlak

    from Boomerang... "I don't have any panties on." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqIsZ8lTqvc

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 12:19 a.m. CST

    So Eartha Kitt, that playwright guy... but no Majel Barrett?

    by Cyber-Tooth2

    WTF, Harry? What do you have against Nurse Chapel?

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Cyber-Tooth

    by HEADGEEK

    we had her obit up the morning she died, you missed it, not us.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 12:35 a.m. CST

    will miss her ......

    by JeanLuc Dickhard

    damn .............

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 12:35 a.m. CST

    RROWR... :(

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Bye-bye Kitty.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Harry...

    by Cyber-Tooth2

    I've been looking through the site for it since I saw that she died. Did you move it? Delete it? Do you have a link somewhere? I would love to read what you had to say.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Just did a search for 'Majel" and it's the top of the list

    by HEADGEEK

    http://www.aintitcool.com/node/39503

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Thanks Harry

    by Cyber-Tooth2

    You're the best

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 12:51 a.m. CST

    First Bettie Page, Now Eartha?

    by selenya

    It's been a rough year for sex symbols. :(

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Ever notice

    by themasterofnonsense

    Harry has this deep emotional connection with ever goddamn celebrity that ever dies?

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 1:19 a.m. CST

    And is it just me...

    by themasterofnonsense

    or does Harry always seem to portray his wife as some giggling, bubble-headed, brainless moron?

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 2:05 a.m. CST

    as some giggling, bubble-headed, brainless moron

    by Lashlarue

    Isn't this true of all women?

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 2:07 a.m. CST

    RIP EARTHA KITT

    by DOGSOUP

    Coolest Catwoman Ever indeed

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Now do a search for Robert Prosky or Van Johnson

    by Liberty Valance

    And you will find only talkbackers wondering where their obits were. Harry you missed them, not us.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 2:38 a.m. CST

    She had a long life

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    Was well known and loved for decades<p> Too bad she died on Christmas

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Robert Prosky

    by loki965

    Damn good SOB in Thief!

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 2:41 a.m. CST

    And....that's three

    by oisin5199

    Bettie, Majel and now Eartha. 3 incredible woman. One grim reaper. I'm grateful for all their contributions to this sad world.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 3:16 a.m. CST

    Kitt's Catwoman owns Halle Berry's.

    by Stalkeye

    Eartha not only broke the color barrier as a Black sexy villianess, but gave the campy series a lil' cred along other guest appearances lik Vincent price,Bruce Lee,etc.<p>She had a troubled childhood due to her being biracial,(according to her Biogaphy; Yella Girl.) yet endured hardship to become a sucessful singer/actress.RIP Kitty.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 3:21 a.m. CST

    very sweet in that nate king cole clip

    by zom-bot.com

    never saw that before. christmas? i can't think of a better day to die, honestly.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 3:28 a.m. CST

    I wouldn't feel right

    by papabendi

    putting the news paper under my arm and announcing I was about to take an "Eartha Kitt" this holiday season. Good job Brad Pitt hasn't kicked it!

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 3:45 a.m. CST

    She had the coolest name ever

    by Chishu_Ryu

    And will forever be a part of our popular consciousness with her "Santa Baby" song, right up there with Bing, Doris Day, and the rest of 'em. Definitely a Catwoman in her own right.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 4:11 a.m. CST

    WTFWTF WITH 2008

    by DatoMan413

    Man, I get up for a minute and THIS is what I find. <CRAAAP>. She was a true original and, like a lot of those who passed this year, irreplaceable. Thoughts and prayers to her family.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Thousands of famous celebrities will die Dec 31

    by ricarleite

    Because 2008 is only beggining with its death toll.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Julie Newmar's Catwoman = visual Cialis

    by Dr Gregory House

    Could you imagine Newmar and Yvonne Craig as Babs Gordon scissoring on set? I have.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 7:13 a.m. CST

    I'll be glad to get out of 2008

    by codymr

    the economy is in the crapper... and it seems an unusually large number of well liked and respected people from the public eye have passed away.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Julie Newmar's Catwoman = teh sex

    by Vicconius

    She was the hottest Catwoman ever. Kitt's voice annoyed me. Still sad that she died.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Emperor's New Groove one of Disney's best

    by DDMAN26

    And Eartha Kitt was a big reason why.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Kitt vs. Newmar

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    It's a lot tougher than Ginger vs. Mary Anne. Mary Anne hands down, but I can't decide the catwomen, even, oh crap, name escapes me, the one who did it for the movie, and was in a few Trek episodes.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 8:40 a.m. CST

    She had fame and success-a very good life

    by YackBacker

    Sure, it's sad to see a life end, but I think it's also important to recognize when one has had such an amazing journey too. I will say that they don't make performers like her anymore. She had a real fire burning inside.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Eartha Kitt taught dancing to James Dean.

    by LoneGun

    And James Dean said that he learned more about acting from her dance lessons than he did from any acting class.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Eartha Kitt was awesome but .....

    by thecomedian

    Julie Newmar is the One True Catwoman.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST

    That song...

    by cutest_of_borg

    That freaking song! Was just talking about it Christmas Eve and how it is the WORST Christmas song ever. Kind of creepy and materialistic, too. And why is it sad when someone in their 80's or 90's kicks the bucket? Damn lucky to be that old if you ask me.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 9:26 a.m. CST

    why

    by weaponx31

    can't harry just give us the news. why must he always make it about himself somehow. very self centered, harry is.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST

    COCKNEY RHYMING SLANG

    by DonLogan

    Whenever i hear the name Eartha Kitt I'll always think of the rhyming slang: EARTHA KITT / SHIT ie. "I'm going for an Eartha" and also i concur that Julie Newmar was the definative Catwoman, damn she was hot.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    by kendragon

    R.I.P. Miss Kitt.. You had a great distinct voice... and I loved it. even as Ysma in the Emperors new groove/school etc. Great character and to think you were probably fighting cancer at the time makes it even more special.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Thanks for that image, Harry.

    by mrfan

    All I can picture is your family sitting around the table acting like the Klumps. Gorging and pigging out.<p>Oh, and by the way, RIP to Eartha Kitt.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Prosky, Pinter, Ledger and...

    by fassbinder79

    ...Kitt on Christmas day. 2009 can't come any sooner. What a depressing year. RIP E.K. You will be missed.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Didn't she date...

    by REDD

    James Dean at one time?

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Sad.

    by The Eskimo

    Does this happen more during the Holidays...or do we just notice it more?

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 10:21 a.m. CST

    With all due respect to Ms. Kitt's many talents,

    by johnnyangelheart

    Sorry, but Julie Newmar was the hottest Catwoman.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 10:56 a.m. CST

    What a sad year.................................................

    by crackerfarmboy

    For REALLY OLD people to die. I mean who could have saw this coming?

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Catwoman vs. Batgirl

    by filegumbo

    Eartha in her Catwoman outfit blows away Batgirl in hers. And anyone who has never seen The Emperor's New Groove must. The most underrated Disney film there is, and Eartha Kitt as Yzma is hilarious.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 11:18 a.m. CST

    She was so unique, great performer

    by theycallmemrglass

    "Unique" has been used for many but this one deserves the word in big bold capital letters. There will never be anyone like her again. beautiful mischievous smile, pretty when she was young, lavishly scary when she was older. Always sexy. Oh and she also had a spectacular voice! RIP

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Lee Merriweather,

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    that was it. Catwoman # 3. She was better than Halle Berry anyway.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Newmar Newmar Newmar

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Hottest buns ever

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Kitt's Catwoman was the most erotic

    by terry1978

    Honestly, she put more seduction into it than either one of the others. And yes, the fact that she was black made her more exotic, I don't deny that.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Kitt's Catwoman was blah, but prob'ly not her fault

    by catlettuce4

    Let's face it: Kitt took over the role in the third season, where the budget was cut to the bone and the series went to one night per week, thereby eliminating the great "tune in tomorrow" cliffhangers and, in essence, cutting the plot time in half. Furthermore, because network TV simply didn't have the balls to show an interracial flirtation, let alone romance, the entire "Batman-Catwoman unrequited love subplot" was jettisoned.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Julie Newmar's Catwoman = visual Cialis

    by m_prevette

    Good lord...Julie and Yvonne in a scissors match? Fuck...got wood for a week now.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 1:18 p.m. CST

    RIP to a legend

    by Darth Thoth

    Wow. What sad news. She was so talented and meant so much to so many people. I hate that I'm going to have to share this news with my grandmother. May God bless her soul. A great talent, trailblazer, and inspiration. RIP and thank you Ms. Kitt.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST

    I Will Say This For Julie Newmar

    by filegumbo

    Have you seen pictures of her now? Still hot.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 1:43 p.m. CST

    America's answer to Edith Piaf

    by MetalMickey

    Man, is she smokin' hot in that Nat King Cole clip. Such grace, style & class! A real lady.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST

    The final say...

    by Gus Van Rant

    I beat it to Newmar more than I did to Kitt....ADVANTAGE: NUMAR!!!

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 1:52 p.m. CST

    A class act

    by geekzapoppin

    My wife was around her briefly a few years ago when she came to Cincinnati in a show. My wife said that of all the celebs that she had to guide around (she was in PR for the Broadway Series) that Ms. Kitt was, by far, the nicest and classiest. Yes, she was old. Still, there are so few real stars around now. She was one of them. Totally unique.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST

    "There's only one Catwoman...

    by pokadoo

    ...and that's Eartha Kitt, Julie Newmar & Lee Merriweather!" RIP

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST

    so so sad

    by Fettster_uk

    First time I've ever posted but just wanted to say how sad I am at this news. She always seemed to 'be there' when I was growing up, what with her films, music and TV performances. God bless you Eartha and love and thoughts to your family.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Kitt kills it in Emperors New Groove!

    by worldofwarcraft

    Spoiler!!!!!!!!!When she's turning into something and the shot is on her eyes, and then it pulls out to her as the little cat! "Is that my voice?" is the line I think. I've had plenty of laughs at Disney films, but rarely do I crack up. This killed me! And it's always stuck with me, even more than Eartha's smoking Catwoman. RIP.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Best Catwoman Ever list

    by Chishu_Ryu

    5. Halle Berry (because the movie sucked)<p> 4. Lee Merriweather (lame Julie Newmar substitute)<p> 3. Eartha Kitt (if Catwoman were a Black Panther)<p> 2. Michele Pfeiffer (the 1st kickass Catwoman)<p> 1. Julie Newmar (she was born to be Catwoman)

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 5:45 p.m. CST

    I went to see TDK but it was sold out, but a live EK show was go

    by Catbarf the 12th

    Over the summer I missed out on TDK but wound up seeing Catwoman do cabaret instead. She still had the persona, the voice, the legs (yikes) and the trademark growl. I had no idea she was already sick, because for an octogenarian, she appeared to be as healthy as a leopard in heat. She gently shook my hand at the end of the show and it felt like being electrically shocked by a very expensive leather couch. I mean that as a compliment, though I guess it doesn't sound like one. The woman was classy, mature, and soooo aliiiiiive!!!

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 5:46 p.m. CST

    was going on next door

    by Catbarf the 12th

    ... that was the rest of my subject line above. Sorry

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Orson Wells' Lover And James Dean's Best Friend

    by Media Messiah

    This was/is...an incredible woman and spirit, who was at the center of the lives of two of Hollywood's biggest icons. She was their confidant, counsel, and best friend. Her's will make an amazing bio-pic film--let's hope they do justice to that film when it arrives.<BR><BR>Eartha, you are brlliant...and I loved your every interview. You stood-up as a humanitarian to help others and to stop the Vietnam War, and for that, you were blacklisted by a U.S. President, no less...and still kept your head high.--something that I just learned last night; No good deed going unpunished, as they say. Thank you for all you did, and have done, in your life. You were abandoned as a child, and discriminated against by both black and white, but you kept your head-up and gave back to a world that rejected you, in order to make this world, a better place...and you have. Thank you very much Eartha Kitt!!!<BR><BR>Given that "Santa Baby" is your signature song and made you a mega star and a icon, worldwide, I think it appropriate that if you had to leave, that it would be on Christmas Day.<BR><BR>I wish you a peaceful journey...to Heaven, our true Home!!! Love you, and God Bless!!!!!

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Orson Welles' Lover And James Dean's Best Friend

    by Media Messiah

    This was/is...an incredible woman and spirit, who was at the center of the lives of two of Hollywood's biggest icons. She was their confidant, counsel, and best friend. Her's will make an amazing bio-pic film--let's hope they do justice to that film when it arrives.<BR><BR>Eartha, you are brlliant...and I loved your every interview. You stood-up as a humanitarian to help others and to stop the Vietnam War, and for that, you were blacklisted by a U.S. President, no less...and still kept your head high.--something that I just learned last night; No good deed going unpunished, as they say. Thank you for all you did, and have done, in your life. You were abandoned as a child, and discriminated against by both black and white, but you kept your head-up and gave back to a world that rejected you, in order to make this world, a better place...and you have. Thank you very much Eartha Kitt!!!<BR><BR>Given that "Santa Baby" is your signature song and made you a mega star and a icon, worldwide, I think it appropriate that if you had to leave, that it would be on Christmas Day.<BR><BR>I wish you a peaceful journey...to Heaven, our true Home!!! Love you, and God Bless!!!!!

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Not as much flirting

    by Craig2574

    What hurt Kitt was they held down the flirting between her and West. I was curious if they did that because it was still more of a taboo when the show was on. She was far more sexier than Julie.

  • Dec. 26, 2008, 10:37 p.m. CST

    harry pussywhipped knowles strikes again

    by Stengah

    "head for the bathroom and my wife says, "AWWW FUCK!" - I say, "What sweetie?" -- -- "BETTIE PAGE DIED" "

  • Dec. 27, 2008, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Stengah

    by BadMrWonka

    if you call that pussywhipped, you are a confused feller...

  • Dec. 27, 2008, 1 a.m. CST

    RIP the best purr

    by Napoleon Park

    Not sure an Eartha Kitt obit should devolve into a debate on the relative merits of the various women who portrayed the Catwoman.<p>But since it has already, I'm surprised no animation fans have spoken up yet.<p>Julie Newmar, definitive; the role and costume are hers. 2nd place, Eartha Kitt, the best purr ever. Then Adrienne Barbeau (Batman: The Animated Series) for line deliveries that made you imagine her in her prime squeezed into that costume. Then Gina Gerson (The Batman) for a playful personna (and a cuter design). Then Pfeiffer, Berry and Meriweather in no specific order, though I mention Lee Meriweather last for bringing nothing to the movie to compete with or compare to Newmar or Kitt.

  • Dec. 27, 2008, 3:03 a.m. CST

    This is the way to go...

    by BurnHollywood

    When I die, I'd like all my gay friends to gather together, get stinking drunk, and try to outdo each other imitating my campy line delivery.<p> Queer wakes make it all seem worthwhile, no kidding. I'm still working on mine.

  • Dec. 27, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST

    R.I.P Eartha

    by Arcangel2020

    Sad news of her passing I never did like her as Catwoman...she was my least favorite version of Catwoman (IMHO)

  • Dec. 27, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Julie Newmar was the true Catwoman

    by darthwaz1

    Kitt was more of a fill-in

  • Dec. 27, 2008, 10:51 a.m. CST

    I met her when I was maybe 8 or 9

    by ironic_name

    very cool.. told me she catwoman and purred at me. <P> this sucks.

  • Dec. 27, 2008, 12:03 p.m. CST

    "I'm not wearing any panties!"

    by Sevenfeet

    Surprised nobody quoted this line from Boomerang where Kitt has arguably the funniest line of the whole film.

  • Dec. 27, 2008, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Way to go darthwaz1

    by Skyway Moaters

    What kind of handle is that anyway? A kind of "leftover"? <p> I happen to prefer Julie Newmar's Catwoman as well, but would never say so in an Eartha Kitt obit thread subject line. Ms. Kitt was an EXCELLENT Catwoman, more than an adequate replacement, with a BETTER "Puurrr.... AND she was SO much more than just Catwoman, you tool. <p> I just have a "thing" for Julie Newmar in general, otherwise I would call you an ASSHOLE. <p> Sweet dreams Eartha baby...

  • Dec. 27, 2008, 8:25 p.m. CST

    What about Boomerang?

    by Cisco Dyke

    Who here, besides Harry, has jerked off to Eartha? Raise yah hands!!!!!!!!!

  • Dec. 27, 2008, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Julie Newmar was the best Catwoman....

    by cookiepuss

    but Eartha Kitt was a true legend in her own right. She will be missed.

  • Dec. 29, 2008, 3:21 a.m. CST

    One of the sexiest ladies ever. What a voice she had.

    by Mr Nicholas

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