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Eartha No Longer of This Eartha

12/26/2008 4:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Eartha Kitt -- the legendary actress, singer and dancer -- died yesterday of colon cancer. She was 81.

Kitt was perhaps best known for her role as Catwoman on 60s TV series "Batman" -- a role that was later played with diminishing success by Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry.

She recently won back-to-back Daytime Emmy awards for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for the show "The Emperor's New School."

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Ms_Tell_It_Like_It_Is    

RIP Eartha - well done with your unique flair. There have been none quite like you and you will be missed.

TMZ, you suck donkeydawngs with your tastelessness.

2064 days ago
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NatTurner    

Typical TMZ. What a classy headline to announce the death of Kitt. You guys never cease to amaze me. And I am ashamed that I keep coming back...you are like online porn and looking back at ass while walking with my girlfriend. There are just some things a man cant help. Let's see what classy stuff you write next?

2064 days ago
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monny j    

TMZ...CHANGE THAT OBIT HEADLINE....IMMEDIATELY!!!...THIS IS ONE OF OUR ICONS WHO HAS PASSED AND THIS PERFORMER HAS OPENED DOORS FOR US AFRIAN-AMERICAN ENTERTAINERS WHO WERE IN AWE OF HER ATIVISM,BROADWAY,TV,MOVIES (LADY ELOISE IN "BOOMERANG WAS HILARIOUS!)THIS WAS A CLASSY,SEXY LADY,MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER. PLEASE EDUCATE YOUR STAFF ON WHO THESE PEOPLE THEY WRITE ABOUT SOMETIME(SOME OF THEM ARE CLEARLY RIGHT OUT OF COLLEGE AND ONLY KNOW ABOUT...BRITNEY,LINDSAY.PARIS,GUMMI,GREASY,BRODY,KIM K.,ASHLEY,BRAD.ANGELINA,HAYDEN,"THE HILLS"AND ALL THOSE OTHER REALITY STARS?! YOU ALL SEEM TO WORSHIP TO NO END,LEAVE THE REAL SINGERS,ACTORS,WRITERS TO THE PROFESSIONALS AND LEAVE THE TRASH FOR THE ROOKIES.really Harvey.

2064 days ago
19.

Tazandra    

They won't change the headline. TMZ ridicules even the dead, and if a person was older then they especially enjoy having fun with the ageism comments. Tacky and disrespectful=TMZ

2064 days ago
20.

Vee    

RIP Eartha. To the idiots who only have snide and rude comments to make, keep in mind you'll be old one day and none of us knows what the future holds for us. We all reap what we sow.

2064 days ago
21.

firebaby    

harvey, you should be shame...

the headline makes sense because....

2064 days ago
22.

killa'bro    

"what chew talkin, bout willis" - Eartha Kitt circa 1980

2064 days ago
23.

Photogal    

Very sad. She had a long life and a wonderful career. She will be missed.

2064 days ago
24.

Brendolyn    

What a crappy way to announce the death of a legendary icon. Shame on you! While you're not known for being particularly classy, this was low even for you. Ms. Kitt (and her family and friends) deserved much more respect from you. This is trashy even by rag sheet standards.

2064 days ago
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nativenyker    

sad news! rip!

xo
Rants, Thoughts & Merde

2064 days ago
26.

SICK OF IT    

Now and then we see the crew of tmz. Harrrvie, I am a lawyer yes I am sucking on a straw. The blond kid with the long hair, is his name straw / and the other 12 year old idiots who "make the news" I would guess that while not trying to dig up dirt they are running from one rest room to another with a magic marker. writing PLEASE call me. I need someone to love me as my Momma did not and when my Daddy did it hurt. You are all poster children for BIRTH CONTROL

2064 days ago
27.

Andrew    

If I did the headline it would be this:

Original 'Santa Baby' singer Eartha Kitt Passes at 81

2064 days ago
28.

Studionous    

A fabulous entertainer is gone, but her legacy remains.

I saw Eartha in 1993 at the Colony Theater in South Beach. She was very dazzling surrounded by the usual court of young hunks lifting her up and down or caressing her over the "ottoman" she loved to have on stage. I had met her while working as a Chef de Rank at "Regines, Miami" in the mid 80s and her wonderful personality impacted me. "Where's my man" was the hit everywhere, so I became her admirer not missing any of the videos of her performances around the world ever.

The friend who went to the theater with me in 1993 and became her fan from that today on, saw her again a few months ago when she returned to The Colony. He noticed she looked fragile but had that great charm on the stage and the powerful voice. Cancer was consuming her already, but she never stopped working.

Long Live Eartha Kitt. We will continue enjoying her videos of "Just an Old Fashioned Girl", "C'est ci bon", "Champagne Taste", "Love for Sale" and other great songs that became a symbol of sexiness on stage for female impersonators and females alike.

2064 days ago
29.

SICK OF IT    

TMZ CREW. HAVE YOU READ THE REMARKS RELATIVE TO YOUR TASTLESS HEADLINE. WHOOPS SORRY HAVE SOMEONE READ THEM TO YOU. IT IS NOT BAD TO BE CUTTING EDGE. HOWEVER YOUR WEB SITE HAS BECOME A GATHERING OF REAL CRAP. TAKE A LOOK BEFORE YOU LOOSE YOUR AUDIENCE. WHO IS YOUR HEAD WRITER ? FIRE HIS SORRRY ASS HE IS WORTHLESS.

2064 days ago
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wasted days and wasted nights    

Rest in Peace, Ms. Eartha. Santa surely still gets those rosy cheeks whenever he drops the needle on your siren of a seranade.

2064 days ago
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