What kind of life can you expect when your mother is the legendary singer, songwriter and actress, Eartha Kitt? Extraordinary is the answer.
Kitt shares her extraordinary childhood, lessons from her always outspoken mother, Eartha Kitt, as well as standing strong during the civil rights movement, her role as the original Catwoman, being ousted by the Johnson Administration for her remarks about Vietnam, to her Emmy® Award-Winning voiceover work with Disney.
Brad and Kitt share some wonderful moments and a few miracles from their own friendship, as well as relaunching her mother’s brand Simply Eartha.
This is a wonderful episode if you love nostalgia.
Kitt Shapiro Bio:
Daughter of the legendary entertainer, Eartha Kitt, Kitt Shapiro has had an unconventional journey as she continues to evolve as a successful entrepreneur, wife and mother of young adults.
Founder and creator of the Simply Eartha™ lifestyle brand, Shapiro uses her mother’s words, wisdom and beauty, designing a line of ‘accessories that SAY something’ made in the USA by local artisans.
Shapiro has been in and around the fashion and entertainment business all of her life. She grew up speaking French and English as she traveled the world with her mother. After studying on the road as well as at Lycée Francais in Los Angeles and London, Shapiro attended Barnard College/Columbia University before beginning a successful modeling career. She studied interior design and worked in the fashion industry before taking on the responsibilities of running her mother’s company.
As president of Eartha Kitt Productions for more than 20 years, Shapiro organized and produced Eartha Kitt shows and projects all over the world. Her behind the scenes work for her famous mother was highlighted by a Grammy nomination as executive producer of Eartha Kitt’s CD, “Back in Business.”
When Eartha Kitt was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer, Shapiro became her mother’s caregiver and advocate. Eartha Kitt died Christmas Day 2008. She had never had a colonoscopy prior to her diagnosis. Shapiro has taken it upon herself to share her mother’s story and bring attention to the importance of screening and early detection. Shapiro recently served as a member of the board of directors for the Colon Cancer Alliance in Washington DC.
Host: Brad Szollose