Eartha Kitt, the self-proclaimed "sex kitten" has died. The singer, dancer and actress was 81. Ms. Kitt's cat-like purr and sultry voice attracted fans to John J. Burns Park in Massapequa on July 15, 2008.
Family spokesman Andrew Freedman said Kitt, who was recently treated at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, died Thursday in Connecticut of colon cancer.
In her life-time, Ms. Kitt won two Emmys and was also nominated for several Tonys and two Grammys. She also wrote three autobiographies. Ms. Kitt persevered through an unhappy childhood as a mixed-race daughter of the South, and made headlines in the 1960s for denouncing the Vietnam War during a visit to the White House.
She was the sexy Catwoman on the popular "Batman" TV series in 1967-68, replacing Julie Newmar, who originated the role.
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