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Kitt Shapiro Looks Back At ‘A Daughter’s Love Story in Black and White’

The author, and daughter of entertainment legend, Eartha Kitt, explores her relationship through the decades with the icon, changing from child to her mother’s manager in ‘Eartha & Kitt’

Eartha Kitt holds up her daughter, Kitt Shapiro.

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Eartha Kitt was once called the "most exciting woman in the world," by Orson Wells. She began her career in the 1940's and was working until the end in 2008. She gave us songs, and TV classics, Broadway, concerts, movies, and social justice.

In one instance, Eartha Kitt almost lost her career in entertainment because of a frustrated response over the Vietnam War to Lady Birth Johnson in a Women Doers’ Luncheon in the White House addressing juvenile crime prevention.

“Mrs. Johnson, you are a mother too, although you have had daughters and not sons,” said Kitt. “I am a mother and I know the feeling of having a baby come out of my guts. I have a baby and then you send him off to war. No wonder the kids rebel and take pot. And, Mrs. Johnson, in case you don’t understand the lingo that’s marijuana.”

That baby, Kitt Shapiro, would later manage her mother's career, found Simply Eartha, featuring products inspired by Eartha Kitt, and write a book about their lives and intertwined legacy, entitled Eartha & Kitt: A Daughter’s Love Story in Black and White.

Guest:

Kitt Shapiro

  • Author of Eartha & Kitt: A Daughter’s Love Story in Black and White
  • Author and Manager of Eartha Kitt

 

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