STUDIO CITY (CBSLA.com) — Eartha Kitt’s only child created a lifestyle brand as a tribute to her late mother.
Best known for her role as Catwoman on the TV series “Batman,” Kitt stole scene after scene with her distinctive voice and undeniable sex appeal.
According to Kitt Shapiro, Kitt’s daughter, it’s the side of her mother the public didn’t see that was the most desirable.
“I think a lot of people didn’t realize how real and how earthy she was. She would say to people, ‘Don’t give me diamonds, don’t give me furs, just give me land because they’re not making any more of it,’” Shapiro said.
Shapiro said quotes that Kitt made up or recited have been coined as “Kittisms.”
“She would make up ‘Kittisms’ and people who knew her or worked with her would sometimes write down lists of them. ‘God may not be there when you want him, but he’s always on time.’ Or, ‘I’ve taken all the manure that’s been thrown on me all my life and used it as fertilizer,’” Shapiro said.
Kitt died of colon cancer in 2008, but Shapiro was left with wonderful memories and countless handwritten notes of her mother’s famous phrases.
“She would always say to me, ‘Don’t throw anything away, you either are going to re-purpose it, recycle it, or reuse it,’” Shapiro said.
Shapiro decided to create a line of all-natural home goods called Simply Eartha. Candles, cups, trays, and blankets are all etched with Kitt’s “Kittisms.”
“I took her words because these words were how I grew up. I mean, I wear ‘Don’t panic’ on my wrist because she would always say to me, ‘Don’t panic,’” Shapiro said.
A portion of the proceeds from a purchase at Simply Eartha goes to the Colon Cancer Alliance.