Eartha Kitt: Young Catwoman of 'Batman,' And 'Santa Baby' Babe

By Jacob Shelton
BATMAN - "The Funny Feline Felonies" - Airdate December 28, 1967. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)

Eartha Kitt, Batman's Catwoman and sweetheart of Santa (baby), was a barrier-breaking actress with a song-and-dance background -- an all-around sex symbol of the '50s, '60s and beyond. As she herself might have asked...

Meow, dear reader, everyone has a favorite Eartha Kitt performance, what’s yours? When did you first become aware of Kitt’s ermine, smoldering sexuality? Was it when she squeezed into the black leather suit and curled up as Catwoman on Batman? Or was it a decade earlier when she coaxed a series of gifts out of Saint Nick in the still hot “Santa Baby?”

Kitt spent her life speaking her mind and living her life unapologetically. Even when she faced a Hollywood blacklist and harassment by the CIA she never stopped being herself. She pranced off this mortal coil in 2008, but she left us with a legacy of saucy entertainment.