Although we lost this beautiful black woman in 2008, Eartha Kitt’s legacy will live on forever. The iconic actress trailblazed a path for not only black women but for all women, far before it was trendy or a movement to be a strong, independent woman.
This interview from 1982 with Eartha Kitt is so classic Eartha Kitt. Kitt, best known for her hit song “Santa Baby” and her role as Cat Woman on the 1960s TV version of Batman, always spoke her mind (sometimes to the detriment to her career), and once made first wife Lady Bird Johnson cry at a White House luncheon when she spoke out about the Vietnam War: “You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. No wonder the kids rebel and take pot.”
In the interview below, a fairly annoying interviewer repeatedly asks her if she would compromise for a man, and if she loves herself, her answers are stellar.
Eartha Kitt was born 90 years ago today on Jan. 17, 1927. She is pictured here in 1952, swinging from a maple tree in Central Park, New York City. This image opened a feature story about her life and rise to fame. (Gordon Parks—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #LIFElegends #1950s #EarthaKitt
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