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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2013
John L. Williams is the first author to tackle Eartha Kitt head on in a biography - an astonishing fact when to get some measure of what she meant to the postwar era, we would have to imagine Beyoncé, Rhianna, Adele, Gaga rolled into one and then some. Kitt's achievement is all the more remarkable in that she was born dirt poor and illegitimate on a cottonfield in South Carolina. Only two generations away from slavery, in a nation in which many states denied her access to hotels and restaurants, she yet succeeded in capturing America's heart.

America fell in love with this fabulously talented woman (singer, dancer, accomplished actress and purring sex-kitten performer) and then ditched her as the 1960s rolled on. This pattern of romance and rejection was reflected in her personal life as one wealthy white man after another wooed her only to bail out at the prospect of interracial marriage. Kitt alienated conservative white America with a passionate denunciation of US involvement in Vietnam (famously reducing the First Lady to tears), yet was rejected by much of black America on the grounds that she seemed aloof from her own people. In fact, as Williams shows, she gave generously and bravely of herself in support of the civil rights movement.

Culture is the engine of change - something that Eartha Kitt understood long before white and black America woke up to what (in Williams's fine phrase) this "most feline of revolutionaries" represented. Tellingly, it took one world-beating woman to recognise another: while a poorly paid Kitt was reduced to performing to small cabaret audiences, Madonna covered "Santa Baby" (Eartha's most famous hit). America's Mistress is another great stride towards this rehabilitation. Read this landmark biography as soon as possible to find out why Orson Welles called Eartha Kitt "the most exciting woman in the world".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2013
The quote in the headline is fom Kenneth Tynan writing in The Observer (see page 185). This is a delightful biography of Eartha who had an amazing life. There are also some great insights into the USA which changed so much in her lifetime. I throughly enjoyed reading the book and have chosen it as a Christmas present for a dear friend from N. Carolina.
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on 5 May 2015
I really enjoyed this book it's a brilliant insight into the world of Eartha Kitt. It tells of her early struggles with poverty and prejudice and how she ultimately became a successful entertainer in her own right. I would highly recommend this book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 1 October 2013
Gives a good insight to the life of Eartha Kitt and the show business world she lived in. Well referenced and showed good in depth knowledge. I did notice that Eartha's daughter was not in the list of people thanked for their help. Was just wondering why. The book is well written and tells a story of a extremely hard working woman making the best of what she had, in a world that was at times very much against her.
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on 8 April 2015
I love it. The text is as good as the wonderful photograph on the cover. Attractive cover, attractive book. If you are a fan of Eartha Kitt, you should have it.
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on 7 January 2015
Quite boring same thing page after page.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 2013
My Mother has been a fan for many years and absolutely loves this book. She couldn't wait to start readingit.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2013
Amazing life she lead but I do not think she was ever really happy.However with a background like hers she did not stand much of a chance.I always found her a bit scary
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2013
Remember her singing on forces favorites in the 50s. The book thoroughly explained lifestyle differences for black entertainers after the 2nd war war .
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2013
As above.
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finished at last!
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