Thursday, December 25, 2008

Singer-actress Eartha Kitt dies at 81

NEW YORK - Singer and actress Eartha Kitt has died of colon cancer at age 81, her longtime publicist Patty Freedman told NBC News on Thursday.

Kitt died in Connecticut with her daughter by her side.

Kitt was a star of Broadway, records and films; she even played Catwoman in the Batman television show in the 1960s. One of her hit songs was the campy Christmas song "Santa Baby." She spoke out against the Vietnam War at a White House luncheon in 1968.

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