Eartha Kitt Dies at 81

An unexpected loss during the holidays. The Root is saddened to report that Eartha Kitt, legendary songstress, actress and dancer died on Christmas Day. Kitt, 81, died of colon cancer in Connecticut. That sultry voice and dynamic personality will surely be missed.

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The Root is saddened to report that Eartha Kitt, legendary songstress, actress and dancer died on Christmas Day. Kitt, 81, died of colon cancer in Connecticut. Her career as a performer stretched across six decades during which Kitt won two Emmies and took on various roles on Broadway and in films. Born on Jan. 17, 1927 in South Carolina, the self-proclaimed "sex-kitten" began performing at the age of sixteen with the Katherine Dunham Dance Company, touring through Europe and expanding her performing career. Her sultry voice and captivating presence were unforgettable in songs like " Santa Baby, " though, Kitt is most widely known for her portrayal of "Catwoman" in the "Batman" TV series. Eartha Kitt was an iconic figure in entertainment. So, as you remember James Brown and all those we have lost this year, please take a moment to pay your respects to another fallen star.