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Bill would make Jan. 17 ‘Eartha Kitt Day’ in South Carolina

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.

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