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Published:December 27th, 2008 15:42 EST
Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt (Santa Baby) Dies Of Cancer

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Eartha Kitt, a sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become an international symbol of elegance and sensuality, has died, a family spokesman said. She was 81.

Andrew Freedman said Kitt, who was recently treated at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, died Thursday of colon cancer.

Kitt, a self-proclaimed "sex kitten" famous for her catlike purr, was one of America`s most versatile performers, winning two Emmys and nabbing a third nomination. She also was nominated for several Tonys and two Grammys."

The Associated Press

Kitt`s career spanned six decades and she has appeared in countless plays, movies and TV shows, but she is primarily known for two iconic performances.

In 1954 Kitt released her debut record album which included "Santa, Baby", that song has become a Christmas standard. In that sexy song Kitt eschews the vulgar lyrics favored by some of today`s singers, but with pure innuendo she makes it plain that what she really wants from Santa, is well you know...

Kitt is also known by people of all ages for her role as the Catwoman in the campy Batman TV show of the late 60s. Whenever the Catwoman was on the screen, the show morphed from camp to pure sex.

Miss Kitt your fans will miss you! With your first purr you captured our hearts, and you will live forever on vinyl and on the small screen.