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Friday, January 18, 2008

Today In B'Days


Okay....depending on what media outlet you trust, Eartha Kitt was/is 81 yesterday or today. Personally, I think the fact that she actually admitted that she is 81 is a feat in and of itself.

I went to see her singing act once, and went backstage to meet her with my male (gay) friend. I'm not a gusher when I meet celebrities, but she is one of the few I genuinely looked forward to meeting. Yours truly was really the "Invisible Woman" that night, as she proceeded to completely ignore me in every way, and just talked to/looked at my gay friend.

I was very disappointed in her and crushed, but my male friend said she was probably intimidated by my youth and attractiveness (his words). Whatever. That is no excuse for rudeness. Let that be a lesson to all of my female readers---don't get to be a bitter, hatin' old lady, cause guess what? There is always gonna be someone younger and/or prettier than you lurking around. And "prettier" is in the eye of the beholder. Focus on the positive and keep it movin.

Even tho most know her as a novelty cabaret act, or as 'Catwoman' from Batman, she was a large part of important early Black Cinema, especially in the 50's. I particularly remember her in a film with Sammy Davis Jr. where she played a fallen woman trying to redeem herself....I can't recall the name of it, but I'll do a bit of research and post about it in the near future.

She was always very odd...in looks, voice, and personality, but there was something about her. She had that pre-Kimora Lee Simmons "Fabulosity" thing going on, and she wasn't afraid to let the world know it, as is evident in this video.


8 comments:

Tayo said...

Oh my gosh, her voice has not changed at all. I'm a fan of Eartha as Yzma on the Emperor's New Groove/School and she brings the same kind of comedic timing to that role as she did in this video. Love it!

thechocl8tdiaries said...

I've always liked Eartha Kitt, she's the original DIVA. But how unfortunate that she was rude to you when you met her and even moreso becasue she obviously didn't realize her self worth. What a shame too because of what she represents is just AWESOME. The doors open and barriers brought down because of her and the other black women of her time.

On a lighter side though, every time I hear her voice I can't help but remember her role in "Boomerang"...Marrrrrrcus, I'm not wearing any pantieees HAAA!!

MsMarvalus said...

I so hate to hear that she was like that with you...bitterness is not the bizness!

aulelia said...

shame that she wasn't nice! she always seemed to be a strong black woman...

aulelia said...

oh yeah, and who can forget the other line in boomerang? marcus dahling!

Invisible Woman said...

@Tayo: that voice is something else...

@chocl8te and aulelia: her performance in Boomerang was one of the funniest parts of the movie!

@all ladies: that's why I was super crestfallen, cause I always thought she was so amazing. Other divas I have met have been so friendly...

But having been called "Diva" myself on more than a few occassions, I know that the mark of a true diva is to be gracious to everyone (at least in public, haha).

sfsinger said...

She went through a lot of sh*t getting blacklisted by a president and passed over by a rich white guy whose family couldn't deal with an interracial pairing. You should read her autobiography. That's not cool though. Her character and Grace Jones' were the best parts of Boomerang to me. Love your site by the way!

Invisible Woman said...

Hi...welcome sgsinger. I actually did read her book--interesting read. And I agree, I loved her and Grace Jones best in that movie. :-)Glad you like my site--please come back on the regular.