Eartha Kitt an American singer, actress, dancer, activist, voice actress and comedian best known for her highly distinctive singing style. Her U.S. top ten hits 1953 recordings of “C’est si bon” and the enduring Christmas novelty smash “Santa Baby”, remain popular today. Orson Welles once called her the “most exciting woman in the world”.
In 1968 Kitt was invited to the White House luncheon and was asked by Lady Bird Johnson about the Vietnam War. During a question and answer session, Kitt stated:
“The children of America are not rebelling for no reason. They are not hippies for no reason at all. We don’t have what we have on Sunset Blvd. for no reason. They are rebelling against something. There are so many things burning the people of this country, particularly mothers. They feel they are going to raise sons — and I know what it’s like, and you have children of your own, Mrs. Johnson — we raise children and send them to war.”
Her remarks reportedly caused Mrs. Johnson to burst into tears and led to a derailment in Kitt’s career.