American Sex Kitten
She played catwoman in the 1960’s series Batman. Eartha Kitt
was one of the most memorable ones because her voice purrs with sensuality as if she were a human cat. So, she was a natural in that part. In fact, Halle Berry found it hard to fill the role that Eartha Kitt had played to perfection
when she starred in the movie “Catwoman. As her rumored lover Orson Welles
said, “She is one of the most exciting women in the world!”
Eartha Mae Keith was her birth name & she was a child of rape. Her life began on a cotton plantation in South Carolina in 1927. She was a multiracial child who had to endure a terrible childhood. Her career began as a dancer for the Katherine Dunham Company & she was a singer with a distinctive voice. It oozes with seduction & is a part of her sexual allure. Her cat-like eyes are almost as hypnotizing as her voice.
In the late 60’s, Eartha Kitt suffered a professional setback. She made an anti-war statement to Lady Byrd Johnson at a White House Luncheon. During an earlier period spent in Europe, she had become fluent in French & other languages. So,when she was professionally banned from performing in America, Eartha Kitt did shows overseas.
At 81, Eartha Kitt is alive & still sought after. She has appeared on Broadway as recently as 2004. I have included an all-american song that is one of her signature hits. Nope, it’s not “Santa Baby”,either! The song is “I’m Just An Old-Fashioned Girl”! If you’ve never heard it before, it’s in the same vein as “Material Girl” & “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.” Eartha Kitt is the most unique sexual being in this stratosphere! I am in awe of her!
*UPDATE ON THIS POST: Eartha Kitt passed away on Christmas Day of 2008. RIP Eartha Kitt!
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- Bronze Venus
In the 21st century, the celebrities have been oversexualized & true glamour seems to elude so many. Although many women can look sexy, it is tough to exude sexuality. I mean, how many times does Paris Hilton have to tell us she’s “hot”?! Shouldn’t we be telling her that??!! Well, Josephine Baker exemplified sensuality in a way that has influenced the style of many contemporary women. Beyonce has emulated one of her trademark costumes & dances in one of her perfomances. Josephine Baker’s trademark sleek & slick hairstyle was adapted by Jada Pinkett Smith in the 90’s. This woman was such a trendsetter that you can set trends with her style. She was simply iconic.
What makes her truly remarkable is how confident she was in her own skin. In a time when black women were not associated with “sex goddess” , Josephine Baker became the epitome of just that. She was called “Bronze Venus” because she was so bewitchingly sensual & beautiful. Freda Josephine Mcdonald had pursued stardom since she was 13 years old. Born in 1906, she was of an era that was not far removed from slavery. So it was remarkable that she was able to leave such an indelible impression as a world famous entertainer. Not only that but she ushered in a new epoch for black women. She made the world take notice of the black beauty. With her erotic partially nude perfomances, her sensuality was undeniable.
Although she was a major star, she faced racism. She became the first African-American to integrate an American concert hall. Tired of all of the racial calamity in America, she became an expatriate & moved to France. Josephine Baker craved racial equality so she contributed to the civil rights movement. She inspired many future actresses by becoming the first black to star in a major motion picture. This woman took the smallest opportunity & turned it into a promise of success. For those women who try so hard to be hot, take a cue from Josephine Baker. You just might learn something!