Christmas Day was a bitter-sweet one for me, and for many here in Austin and around the world. Singer-Actress-Dancer-Diva EARTHA KITT left us. But how fabulous that the woman who gave us "Santa Baby" would depart our world on this of all days!
When I brought Eartha down to Austin Cabaret Theatre for our 2006 Gala, it was an event unlike any other.
Gracious, grand, generous of time, and mischievously funny, Miss Kitt won over our multi-generational audience from her first purr.
She won me over long before that, and through the years I'm so blessed to have been her sounding-board, occasional director, and--best of all--friend.
No one was a better poster child for enjoying the finer things in life than Miss Kitt. In one concert, she casually told the audience, "...my favorite meal happens to be Salad Endive, Beluga Caviar, Filet Mignon, and Dom Perignon Champagne. Thanks to all of you, I can afford it now."
So...please...raise your glasses high, ladies and gentlemen, and let's have a toast to my buddy.
We're going to miss you, E.K. Thanks for being one of the finer things in my life.
(PS...I know some of you are waiting for the latest cabaret and Broadway reports from New York, so look for those just after the New Year!)