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Eartha Kitt's Daughter Recalls Precious Memories with Her Mom as She Shares Rare Childhood Pic

Oyin Balogun
Sep 14, 2020
07:20 P.M.
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Late iconic singer, Eartha Kitt's daughter posted a heart-warming throwback tribute in honor of her mom and shared touching memories about her childhood with the late iconic.


The '50s saw the rise of one of the most iconic singers in music history: Eartha Kitt. Years after she passed away, her daughter, Kitt Shapiro still remembers her iconic mom and pays tribute to her.

Recently on Instagram, the singer's daughter posted a throwback photo with her mom from her childhood and wrote:

"Found this photo in the archives the other day. I'm sure there was some lesson my mother was teaching me at the time. There always was. Even when it was subtle. ☺️"

Eartha Kitt & daughter Kitt Shapiro during the NY Celebration of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella" at One51 in New York City, New York, United States. | Photo: Getty Images


Shapiro's caption continued, narrating how her beloved mother always gave directions and dialogue as she went through different tasks throughout her day no matter how mundane they might have seemed.

The proud daughter then explained that her mom had always understood how children learned by listening and watching, albeit unconsciously, most of the time. With this knowledge, she made sure to lead by example that her daughter could learn from and follow.

The heart-warming picture of Kitt and her young daughter playing together on the beach struck a chord on her many followers' hearts. Many of the singer's fans convened in the comment section, marveling at the legendary singer's touching story.


As one would expect from a daughter who loved her mother as much as Shapiro loved Kitt, the singer's daughter never really quite let go of the memory of her mother's phenomenal legacy.

In a 2018 Closer Weekly exclusive, the doting daughter penned a heartfelt first-person letter about who Eartha Kitt really was away from the camera and flashing lights. Shapiro began:

"Even though it's been nine years since she passed, I still miss my mother talking to me. I still miss hearing her laughter."


Continuing her sweet letter, the daughter wrote that all these things she missed about her mother were still in her heart. She then delved into Kitt's dark childhood.

Unable to know or meet her white father, the crooner bounced from place to place, untied and unsure of her future. This unstable childhood led to her suffering from all sorts of abuse and trauma as a young girl.

Eartha Kitt attends an event in her honor hosted by M.A.C Cosmetics and Zac Posen at Cafe Carlyle on September 19, 2007, New York City. | Source: Getty Images


To nourish her and keep her happy, the young Kitt turned to nature. As she picked cotton in the field, she would observe and learn from nature and how animals and plants seemed to take care of one another. From this she cultivated her kind, nurturing, and tender nature.

Shapiro revealed that her mother had always asked her for one favor while she was alive. She did not want her essence to die out— the sons, the books, and the movies would live on and transcend genes, but her personality, story, and life as a mother could only live on through her daughter.

Heeding her mother's words very seriously, Shapiro launched a home product line through which she was able to share Kitt's many wise words or "Kitt-isms," as they fondly called her many wise nuggets.