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January 21, 2021

A Young and Beautiful Eartha Kitt in the 1950s

Eartha Kitt began the decade with her first starring role as Helen of Troy in the Orson Welles’ stage production of Dr. Faustus. Her next appearance in the revue New Faces of 1952 two years later brought her to stardom, and her performance of the song Monotonous and Bal, Petit Bal helped launch her career music as well. In 1954, the revue was distributed as an independently filmed version, in which she performed some of her signature songs such as Monotonous, C’est si bon, and Santa Baby.

Kitt’s also continued in nightclubs; films, including The Mark of the Hawk (1957), St. Louis Blues (1958), and Anna Lucasta (1958); and Broadway stage, such as Mrs. Patterson (1954-1955), and Shinbone Alley (1957). 

Take a look back at “the most exciting woman in the world,” dubbed by Orson Welles himself, in the 1950s:

1950s. (Redferns)

1950s. (Gilles Petard)

1951. (Haywood Magee)

1951. (Daily Herald)

1952. (Carl Van Vechten)

1952. (Gordon Parks)

1952. (Ernst Haas)

1954. (CBS)

1954. (Martin Iger)

1954. (CBS)

1955. (Michael Ochs)

1955. (Metronome)

1955. (Silver Screen)

1955. (NBCU)

1956. (Daily Herald)

1956. (CBS)

1957. (Gilles Petard)

1957. (Harry Hammond)

1957. (Ray Fisher)

1958. (Richard C. Miller


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