23 October 2007

The Divine Miss E

C’est si bon to see a legend live. That’s how I spent my Saturday evening: in Symphony Hall, experiencing the still-sexy, still-sizzling, still-scintillating Eartha Kitt perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

The woman still has it.

Orson Welles called her “the most exciting woman in the world” — and he nailed it (the description, not the woman, not that I know of). This tour is to celebrate Eartha Kitt’s eightieth birthday. The birth certificate proves it — but her body hides it well. Very well. She still has legs someone thirty years younger would love to have. Her dress was slit up to there — and she made there proud.

And, damn, did she work it. She slivered. She shimmied. Flirted, teased, tantalized. She even Charleston’ed. I want to wear eighty just like Eartha Kitt.

Her stroll onto the ASO stage wasn’t the first time I saw Ms. Kitt that day. High school BFF Janice and I saw her while we shopped around Virginia-Highland Saturday afternoon. Eartha was a bit more … earthy ... during those pre-show hours — sans makeup, her hair pulled back. Lord, is she tiny.

Eartha performed two sets, singing tunes such as “C’est Si Bon,” “All by Myself,” and “Just an Old-fashioned Girl.”


Her voice is still strong, still unique — and she growled for us a couple of times, too. The sold-out crowd (deservedly) gave her several standing Os. As she left the stage after her final set, I mentioned to Jayne that I loved the set, but would have loved to have heard my fave — and out-of-season — “Santa Baby.”

God loves me. Eartha came back on stage for the encore — and purred “Santa Baby” for us.

Grrrrrl.

My one regret: I didn't take my digital camera with me, assuming the ASO would discourage photos in the hall. Dammit if Eartha didn't come out post-show to pose for photos and meet her fans. She's the coolest of the cool.
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25 Comments:

At 10/23/2007 02:18:00 PM, Blogger Blowing Shit Up With Gas said...

Wow... There's probably some 80 year old dude out there thanking the good lord for viagra.

 
At 10/23/2007 02:28:00 PM, Blogger DCup said...

Wow is right!

I love coming here for the music. You have got to be one of the coolest people living in ATL.

I keep thinking I need to stop and say hello and now I've finally done it.

Hello.

 
At 10/23/2007 02:43:00 PM, Blogger Allison said...

Wow! You can tell from that picture she has a lot of sass. Glad you had a good time at the show, despite not bringing along the camera. Hey, thankfully that's what the internet is for ;)

 
At 10/23/2007 03:23:00 PM, Blogger Skylers Dad said...

She still rocks it! Remember her short stint as catwomen on the original Batman?

 
At 10/23/2007 03:24:00 PM, Blogger Sean Wraight said...

Thank you so much for recounting this show for us Beth. I really love your writing style. It really is amazing to witness a true icon in performance and you really captured the excitement. And yes... Too bad about the digital camera that can be so disappointing. I bet you'll never forget Santa Baby though! Those are the true memories.

 
At 10/23/2007 04:24:00 PM, Blogger Barbara Bruederlin said...

hahaha the whole time I was reading your fab review, I was thinking "Santa Baby! Santa Baby!" I'm so glad she came through for you.

And hell, I hope that I am able to wear 50 the way Eartha wears 80.

 
At 10/23/2007 05:44:00 PM, Blogger pistols at dawn said...

I hope I'm dead well before 80, but that's just because I won't be nearly as cool.

 
At 10/23/2007 06:20:00 PM, Blogger Chancelucky said...

Wow, I had no idea that Eartha Kitt was still around. I still say she was the best Catwoman. Years ago, she also told LBJ off about the War in Vietnam at a White House dinner.

 
At 10/23/2007 06:42:00 PM, Blogger Moxie said...

God bless the folks that live it up, no matter their age. My grandfather is 93, coming up on 94 in 2 months, and he still has that gleam in his eye - though I think his second wife (whom he married at 85!) contributes to that. There's a local 80-something, Smitty, who sings karaoke and shoots pool at the local dive bar - he doesn't look a day over 70!

 
At 10/23/2007 09:15:00 PM, Blogger NYCD/aka Sue said...

Now I'm jealous of you. I love Ms. Kitt...my fav tune of hers...I Want to Be Evil...

 
At 10/23/2007 09:34:00 PM, Blogger chelene said...

I saw her last year in an awful off-Broadway play. She is mesmerizing and was the only good thing about the show. If I look as good as her toenails when I'm 80 I'll be more than pleased!

 
At 10/24/2007 12:59:00 AM, Blogger Bubs said...

Cooler than the other side of the pillow, no doubt about it.

 
At 10/24/2007 10:51:00 AM, Blogger dguzman said...

WOW, Beth--how cool is she! Although I believe that Orson Welles in fact DID nail her--they were an item for a while back when he was still young and dreamy, much to the dismay of the no-mixed-race-couples types in Hollywood. Of course, they might not have done the deed....

 
At 10/24/2007 12:06:00 PM, Blogger landru said...

Not the best Cat Woman, but probably a good show.

 
At 10/24/2007 12:21:00 PM, Blogger Malcolm: said...

Sorry to hear about the missed photo op. But seeing Eartha still had to be an amazing experience.

My favorite Eartha Kitt story was when she encountered racism while trying to check into a hotel in Europe back in the 50s or 60s. When told that they didn't allow Blacks to stay there, Eartha said that she was Spanish. The hotel employee then asked Eartha to prove it by speaking some Spanish. Eartha allegedly replied, "Adios m***********!"

 
At 10/24/2007 01:10:00 PM, Blogger Michael K said...

She was great when I saw her a few years back. It was a cabaret style show here in Chicago. She only did a few numbers but she stole the show.

 
At 10/24/2007 02:10:00 PM, Blogger Mother Goldstein said...

I would have loved to see you pictured with Ms. Kitt wearing your Stevie Wonder t-Shirt!

Sounds like a great show - The band looks quite large.

 
At 10/24/2007 02:33:00 PM, Blogger Erik Donald France said...

Wow, uber-kewel. I always thought she was cool as Catwoman and who, after all, could forget "Santa Baby"? Cheers!

 
At 10/24/2007 03:21:00 PM, Anonymous m said...

beth,
there was a vote, and you ARE the coolest person in atlanta. no run off election needed--

and yes, orson and ms. kitt were a couple--according to my inside sources.

 
At 10/24/2007 04:37:00 PM, Blogger Zed said...

80th birthday? OMG. Never would have guessed it. She looks great.

By the way, I voted for you in the Coolest Person in Atlanta contest. Twice!

 
At 10/24/2007 05:07:00 PM, Blogger Tony Alva said...

At least you have an excuse for not showing up at Eddie's for Michelle Malone who while not quite as sexy as Catwomen, still tore it up for us.

If I were a lesbian, I definately stalk her...

 
At 10/24/2007 06:02:00 PM, Blogger Grant Miller said...

YOu know Orson wanted to nail it.

 
At 10/25/2007 07:15:00 AM, Blogger Coaster Punchman said...

Did she do a Cat Woman for you??

 
At 10/27/2007 12:43:00 PM, Blogger Dale said...

Glad you had a great time. She's the Santa Baby I always think of. I love Malcolm's comment.

 
At 11/20/2007 01:02:00 AM, Blogger I am not Star Jones said...

on October 23, 2007, my life was changed forever because I saw Eartha Kitt at the Cafe Carlyle.

Good to know you know exactly what I mean.

 

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