Entertainer, Born Eartha Mae Keith, she was raised in South Carolina and New York City. She appeared on film and television throughout the 1950s and 1960s while also establishing herself as a recording artist and nightclub singer. In 1968 Kitt made statements critical of the Vietnam War at a White House luncheon, reportededly reducing First Lady Lady Bird Johnson to tears. The public reaction led to her professional exile from the US, but she continued to perform overseas.
Kitt also wrote three memoirs, 1956's "Thursday's Child", 1976's "Alone with Me, and 1989's "I'm Still Here: Confessions of a Sex Kitten." She died after being treated for colon cancer at New York's Columbia Presbyterian Hospital on December 25, 2008 in Weston Fairfield County Connecticut.