Eartha Mae Kitt was an actress, singer, cabaret star, dancer, stand-up comedienne, activist and voice artist. Known for her highly distinctive singing style and her 1953 recordings of C’est Si Bon and the enduring Christmas novelty smash Santa Baby. Both songs became US Top 10 hits. Orson Welles once called her the most exciting woman in the world.
Kitt began her career as a member of the Katherine Dunham Dance Company in 1943 and remained a member of the troupe until 1948. In 1953 the talented singer with a distinctive voice released Santa Baby– her most recognizable hit.