The South Carolina House approved a proposal on February 1st to make Jan. 17 "Eartha Kitt Day" in the actress's native state.
The late actress and singer, best known for her hit song "Santa Baby" and for her role as Catwoman in the 1960s Batman series, grew up in small town called North on January 17th, 1927.
Kitt died on December 25, 2008.
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - A retired Air Force veteran is rallying up support to get the birthday of the late singer and actress Eartha Kitt recognized in her home state.
Sheldon Rice of Columbia presented the idea to South Carolina legislators after Kitt died in 2008.
He says Kitt is internationally recognized and it is a shame she is not recognized somehow in the state she was born.
State Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter has since introduced legislation to change this. The Orangeburg Democrat is trying to make Jan. 17 (Kitt's birthday) "Eartha Kitt Day" in the state. Cobb-Hunter said this would give her birthday recognition without making it an official state holiday.
Kitt was born in 1927 outside the town of North, S.C. on a farm.
This versatile Emmy award winning actress, singer and cabaret star enchanted audiences of all ages throughout her career.
Best known for her 1953 Christmas hit "Santa Baby," Kitt also starred as Catwoman in the original Batman TV series.
Kitt died on December 25, 2008 and is survived by her daughter, Kitt Shapiro.
Kitt's legacy will continue to live on long after her death. There's no doubt why Orson Welles once said she was the "most exciting woman in the world."
The late Tony nominee, Eartha Kitt, has won a Daytime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for her voice work as "Cool Cat" in Nickelodeon's movie, "The Wonder Pets."
This is Kitt's third Emmy win in the same category. She previously was awarded twice for her role as Yzma in "The Emperor's New School."
Kitt passed away in 2008 on Christmas Day at the age of 81. The legendary actress, singer and cabaret star was best known for her distinctive vocals and her 1953 hit Christmas song "Santa Baby." She also starred as Catwoman in the original Batman TV series.
The Daytime Emmy award telecast was broadcasted June 28th on CBS.
Check out emmyonline.org for a full list of winners.
The late Tony nominee, Eartha Kitt, has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for her voice work in Nickelodeon's movie, "The Wonder Pets."
Kitt passed away in 2008 on Christmas Day at the age of 81. The legendary actress, singer and cabaret star was best known for her distinctive vocals and her 1953 hit Christmas song 'Santa Baby.' She also starred as Catwoman in the original Batman TV series.
The posthumous nomination was given to Kitt for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program. Other nominees include Amy Poehler, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Ed Asner.
The Daytime Emmy Awards will air June 27 on CBS.
To view the full list of nominees, click here.
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