AMERICA'S MISTRESS: The Life and Times of Eartha Kitt


AMERICA'S MISTRESS: The Life and Times of Eartha Kitt

JOHN L. WILLIAMS    Book Number: 88576    Product format: Paperback

Orson Welles called Eartha Kitt 'The most fascinating woman in the world'. This intriguing book reveals the trail she blazed in America life and the price she paid. Eartha Kitt was an incandescent performer who seemed able to defy every stereotype thrown at her. Outspoken, glamorous and impossibly sexy, she looked destined to become the world's first black superstar. But her country's toxic racism, the unforgiving glare of America's nascent celebrity culture, and her own vulnerabilities conspired to ensure that she would be punished forever for dreaming she could become America's Mistress. The victim of astonishing racial abuse, here is the story of a girl with remarkable talent, born dirt poor and illegitimate into segregated South Carolina who was able to seduce Mr Middle America. And here is the woman who first appeared in a 1954 mainstream movie, singing in French, flaunting her body and parading her lust for worldly goods. Audiences adored Eartha Kitt because she was exotic and perhaps above all because she was funny. She had a string of 50s hits from 'I Want to be Evil' to 'Just an Old Fashioned Girl' and starred in films New Faces, St Louis Blues and Anna Lucasta and as Cat Woman in the Batman TV series. Her seasonal standard Santa Baby is still played today yet ironically this singer, dancer, actress and performer has been nearly written out of history. 336 page biography with end notes and eight pages of photos, two in colour, including with co-star Nat King Cole and meeting Prince Philip, she could count Marilyn Monroe, T. S. Eliot and Albert Einstein among her friends and admirers, but her new persona was also a prison from which she found it impossible to escape. A moving and unsettling biography set in a bewildering new America torn apart by the Civil Rights Movement. 336pp paperback.
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ISBN 9780857385772
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