Orson welles eartha kitt dating

Later, in 1954, she told Cue magazine, "When people come backstage and announce themselves as relatives of mine, they get the brush-off treatment.

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A woman asked her for directions on a New York street, and told Kitt that she was a dancer with the choreographer-teacher Kath-arine Dunham, and advised her to attend an audition.

The result was a scholarship to Dunham's dance school and a chance to tour with her troupe.

"After rehearsing all night, Orson would walk me up the Champs-Elysée to my hotel with the sun coming up.

We would look at the sights, window-shop, and he would recite Shakespeare to me." Kitt, who had had an affair with the millionaire playboy Porfirio Rubirosa (who called her "fire and ice"), recalled the "fabulous lunches" Welles would buy her.

"I'm not cold," she told Cue magazine, "Just a little numb, sometimes, courtesy of my childhood." One of the composers who worked on New Faces of 1952, Murray Grand, told me that he could think of nothing kind to say of her – "She sang 'I Wanna Be Evil' – and she was!

" A sparkling example of the revue genre with Mel Brooks as one of its writers, the show cemented her stardom, Walter Kerr in the Herald Tribune describing her as "a fetchingly cat-like songstress who does inexplicably pleasant things with a little French lyric, 'Bal Petit Bal', and who drives home a sulky number called 'Monotonous' to top the second act." The latter was the quintessential number for Kitt at that time, a vibrant lament of a blasé seductress who bemoaned, "I met a rather amusing fool, while on the way to Istanbul – he bought me the Black Sea for a swimming pool... " as she slithered and postured over a row of sleek divans.

"I don't know whether this is because I had such a tough life when I was a child." Kitt returned to Broadway in December 1954, to star in Mrs Patterson, the story of an adolescent girl in the Deep South in the 1920s who fantasises conflicting dream lives – one as a dignified, rich white woman, the other as a black hellion – before accepting reality.

Though she sang six songs, the show was primarily a straight drama.

On 17 June, 1956, it was transmitted live on the BBC, starring Kitt and Elizabeth Welch, as a "Sunday Night Theatre" presentation, the first BBC production to be televised from the new Riverside Studios in Hammersmith.

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