Eartha & Kitt: A Daughters Love Story in Black and White Audiobook, by Kitt Shapiro Play Audiobook Sample

Eartha & Kitt: A Daughter's Love Story in Black and White Audiobook

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Read By: Karen Chilton Publisher: Dreamscape Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: June 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781666505917

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Longest Chapter Length:

27:20 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

15 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

12:14 minutes

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Publisher Description

A luminous and inspiring portrait of a Black pioneer and artistic force—Eartha Kitt—and one of the most moving mother and daughter stories in Hollywood history

In this unique combination of memoir and cultural history, we come to know one of the greatest stars the world has ever seen—Eartha Kitt—as revealed by the person who knew her best: her daughter.

Eartha, who was a mix of Black, Cherokee, and white, is viewed by the world as Black. Kitt, her biological daughter, is blonde and light skinned. This is the story of a young girl being raised by her mother, who happened to be one of the most famous celebrities in the world. For three decades, they traveled the world together as mother and daughter. Even after Kitt got married and started a family of her own, she and Eartha were never far from each other’s sides.

Eartha had a very difficult childhood growing up in extreme poverty in South Carolina. She described herself as being “just a poor cotton picker from the South.” She did not have her own familial ties to lean on after being abandoned by her own mother as a toddler and having never known who her father was. She and Kitt were each other’s whole world.

Eartha’s legacy is still felt today. Not only do we still listen to her rendition of “Santa Baby” every Christmas but many of today’s most influential artists consistently mention Eartha, paying tribute to her groundbreaking stances on social issues such as racial equality and women’s and LGBTQ rights. And she is still widely remembered for her definitive portrayal of Catwoman in the classic Batman television series, voicing the character Yzma in Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove, and her many other movie and Broadway roles.

In these pages, Kitt brings her mother to life so vividly that you will feel as if you'd met her. You will embrace her love of nature, exercise, simple food, and independence, along with her lessons on the importance of treating people kindly and always being true to yourself.

Filled with love, life lessons, and poignant laughter, Eartha & Kitt captures the passion and energy of two remarkable women.

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“Shapiro wants to communicate to readers that her mother was more than her sex kitten professional persona—Kitt was also an outspoken civil rights activist and a strict mother who shied away from mentions of sex or profanity and considered her daughter to be her greatest accomplishment…[Shapiro] shares intimate details of her and her mother's life and travels together.”

— Library Journal 


  • “Narrator Karen Chilton's performance is a showstopper, at once superb, stunning, evocative, and moving…The love shared by mother and daughter is most palpable throughout the transfixing bravura narration. This is an audiobook not to miss! Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    — AudioFile
  • “A richly detailed and loving memoir.”

    — Shelf Awareness
  • “Revealing, poignant, and beautifully told.”

    — Shondaland


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About Kitt Shapiro

Kitt Shapiro is the only child of legendary entertainer Eartha Kitt. She managed her mother’s performances and recording career for many years and now manages her estate. She is the founder and owner of Simply Eartha, a line of jewelry, clothing, and home furnishings that honor the beauty and wisdom of her late mother. She is also an inspirational speaker who does frequent speaking engagements for the Colon Cancer Alliance and other organizations.

About Karen Chilton

Karen Chilton is a New York–based actor and writer and an accomplished voice-over artist and narrator. She has narrated dozens of audiobooks, won three AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2020 won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration. Her voice can be heard on numerous national network television, radio, and Internet advertising campaigns.