The POP-EXPOSE Featuring Eartha Mae Kitt
Eartha Mae Kitt also known as Mother Eratha, Miss Kitt, and Kitty, was a talented performer best known for her Christmas classic “Santa Baby”, and for playing Catwoman in the third and final season of the TV series Batman. Kitt was a very talented person but nothing was given to her, she should be what young people today aspire to be. She over came a hard upbringing and lived a long and prosperous life. Kitty was born on a plantation in South Carolina in 1927. The Urban legend goes that Kitty was conceived by rape, but there is no solid evidence to support that, however she had little knowledge of her mother and even less of her father. Either way Kitty was bounced around as a child to different families, most who used her as a work mule, and often flat out abused her.
Kitty was a very strong individual though and was able to overcome all of the negative people in her life, and was able to survive the physical and mental abuse she received for much of her childhood. She was saved by an aunt who brought her to New York, still not a great life, but out of the abusive families from the south. Eartha was able to learn other languages remarkably well, and often sang in other languages. Eartha had a remarkable career with Singing, acting, dancing, and Stand-up. She never slowed a bit right up to the very end at 81 her last show was only 2 month before she died. She was active even then, and only was able to be knocked down 2 days before Cancer took her from this world. Kitty new what it meant to be rejected and she was somewhat of a super Activist, supporting the Black rights in the 50’s on up through the 90’s with gay rights.
She never was looking for anything for herself. She had been rejected, oppressed, and depressed, she wanted to help other people who had been rejected like her. She would speak up for what she believed in. She didn’t want people to feel the way she did as a child and as an adult who had to carry the emotional scares she had received as a child.. She was trying to help one race – humans. She didn’t see black or white, straight or gay, etc, she saw decent and indecent and she had a strong hold with god and believed he had a plan for everything that had happened to her.
Eartha was as big as life itself. She has written documentaries and there are quite a few interviews over the years that can be watched on YouTube. It is worth checking them out if you never have, and a nice interview with Eartha’s daughter Kitt, brings a little more light to the person she was.
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