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This hour long, one-on-one interview program provided an inside look into the life and career of legendary actress and singer Eartha Kitt. Taped on September 20, 2008 in front of a packed audience at Northwestern University Law School’s Thorne Auditorium, An Evening With Eartha Kitt featured PBS-TV veteran journalist Gwen Ifill as the program host and interviewer. 

 Eartha Kitt distinguished herself in film, theater, cabaret, music and on television. The interview covered Kitt’s childhood, her musical and acting career in the U.S. and abroad, working with such greats as Sidney Poitier and Orson Welles, her career on Broadway and her role as Catwoman on the 1960s live-action Batman television series.

Eartha Kitt was an international star who gave new meaning to the word versatile. This interview was enlightening, engaging and provided rich insight into one of enterainment’s all-time greats. The program concluded with Eartha Kitt singing “Ain’t Misbehavin,’” “La Vie En Rose” and “Here’s to Life.” An Evening With Eartha Kitt marked Kitt’s last live performance of her career.


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  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • Aon
  • Bank of America
  • BP America
  • Chrysler
  • ComEd
  • Huron Consulting Group
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Loop Capital
  • Motorola
  • Winston & Strawn LLP


  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Sandra Baccus
  • Citigroup
  • Cohen-DeAngelo Public Relations
  • Michelle Collins
  • DLA Piper
  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • Sophisticate's Black Hair
  • Smith Whiley & Company

Executive Producer

  • Julieanna Richardson



  • Curtis Simmons


  • Frank Smith, Acoustic Bass
  • Kenny Phelps, Drums
  • Marvin Chandler, Piano

Event Co-Chairs

  • Kelly McNamara Corley
  • James and Gertrude Wooten


Honorary Co-Chairs

  • Warrick Carter
  • The Honorable Emil Jones, Jr.
  • David E. Van Zandt

Benefit Committee

  • Lee Bey
  • Cynthia Buciak
  • Imara Canady
  • James & Ladora Colon
  • Les Coney
  • Wayne de Nazarie
  • Rita Fry
  • Malcolm & Gloria Hemphill
  • Charles Katzenmeyer
  • Bonnie Krueger & James Spurlock
  • Walter & Shirley Massey
  • Marilyn Miglin
  • Sharon Morrow
  • Isobel Neal
  • Helen Hammond Redding
  • Al B. Reid
  • Judith Rice
  • Shari Runner
  • Arthur Sussman
  • Eileen Sweeney
  • Allison Grant Williams

Date and Time

Saturday, September 20, 2008


Northwestern University School of Law
375 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
United States