Singer and actress Eartha Kitt, who portrayed the second Catwoman on the classic Batman television series, passed away from colon cancer on Christmas Day at the age of 81.
She struck it big on Broadway, films and recorded many hit songs, including her perennial 1953 holiday favorite, Santa Baby. Ms. Kitt so impressed her lover, Charles Revson (pioneer of the Revlon cosmetic company), that he created a flaming red lipstick for her called Fire and Ice.
After she became a household name with her association with the Batman TV series in the 1960s, Eartha was effectively exiled from the United States following anti-war statements that she made during a White House lunch which upset First Lady Lady Bird Johnson. That incident put a hold on her career. Eartha had been born to a 14-year-old girl who was raped on a South Carolina cotton plantation and she was handed over to another family before being sent to live with an aunt in New York.
Condolences go out to her family, friends and fans.