Eartha Kitt died today from colon cancer. She was 81.
Check the New York Times and the Washington Post for a few good pieces on her life.
To my generation, she may only be famous for her song, but I do remember her from movies like Harriet the Spy & Holes.
She was born to sharecropper parents and worked her way up...all the way to Hollywood. She even dated Sammy Davis Jr. She has quite the story. I think the picture Wil Haygood paints of her in the Washington Post piece is priceless. I wish one of my grandmas walked around in a yellow turban with a poodle in each arm.