Eartha Kitt's only daughter honored her recently when she took to social media to share an old picture of the late icon in honor of International Women's Day.
Eartha Kitt died decades ago, but the world has never forgotten her. This is thanks to those keeping her memories alive in their little ways.
Kitt's only daughter Kitt Shapiro is among those people, and she once again reminded people of her mother on International Women's Day when she shared a throwback photo of her.
Iconic actress and singer Eartha Kitt lying on her belly with a rug underneath during a photo session in 1965 | Photo: Getty Images
In the picture, Kitt carried her daughter on her back as she posed for a shot outdoors. She was dressed in a simple black top and what looks like corduroy pants.
Most people celebrated Women's Day by sharing photos of their female role models, and it is not surprising that Kitt is Shapiro's. In her caption, she urged people to "celebrate," "support," "cheer," and "encourage" women.
Fans gushed over the post in the comment section. They were reminded of Kitt and the pioneering life she lived— Shapiro was still an adolescent when her mother played Catwoman back in 1967.
Kitt knew the significance of her role. She was the first woman of color to play the role, and it was a big win for women and people of color at large.
She was simply protective of him, and they never dated.
Despite all her fame, the actress kept her eyes on the most important things, one of which was raising her only child. The pair reportedly shared a unique bond, and Shapiro once admitted that her mother often acted like she completed her.
Due to their closeness, Shapiro naturally became one of her mother's closest confidants, making her the only person with intimate knowledge of her mother's life— especially her love life.
In a personal essay she wrote for Closer Weekly, Shapiro revealed how easily her mother befriended the most popular men in Hollywood. Kitt and some of the men had such a good rapport people suspected them of dating.
One such man was Orson Welles, who Shapiro claims was like a mentor to her mother. Another example of a man the late actress was very friendly with was James Dean. However, she was simply protective of him and they never dated.
Shapiro is the product of Kitt's five-year-long relationship with real estate developer Bill McDonald. The iconic woman, who channeled her power as a celebrity and activist, died on Christmas day in 2008.
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