One time a coffeehouse I was in had a chalkboard up asking people to write the names of their heroes. To my surprise, I wrote Eartha Kitt. But why not? She was an awesome woman, someone completely and totally self-made. She taught herself languages so she could sing in them fluently (listen to her singing in French sometime), totally defied the era’s attempts to stereotype and diminish black women, was an outspoken political activist, and once was called, by Orson Welles, “the most exciting woman in the world.” (Keep in mind that Orson Welles had been married to Rita Hayworth and knew whereof he spoke.) She played Catwoman to Adam West’s Batman with so much badassery she might as well have been opposite Christian Bale. She played Yzma in “The Emperor’s New Groove.” She sang the only version of “Santa Baby” I can stand, because Eartha Kitt alone had the right to make such demands.
Behold pure awesome.
(via giggleangel)Source: tphollywood76