singer, dancer, and actress
Birthplace: North, S.C.
Kitt is best known for the holiday hit "Santa Baby." She started her entertainment career in the early 1950s as a dancer with the Katherine Dunham troupe. She joined the troupe on its European tour and remained in Paris, achieving fame as a nightclub singer. She starred in Broadway's New Faces of 1952, as well as in the film version of the production. She also played Catwoman in the Batman television series. In 2003 she performed in the Broadway production of Nine. Kitt is the voice of Yzma in Disney's The Emperor's New Groove (2000), Kronk's New Groove (2005), and the TV cartoon spinoff, The Emperor's New School (2006–).