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Eartha Kitt and James Dean in NYC, photographed by Dennis Stock in 1955

… still remembering all the things Jamie Dean had told me on the phone. ‘’I dont know what the feeling of love is really like. I dont know if I have ever been in love, but if I have, it must have been with you because I never felt that feeling before you and I have never felt that feeling after you.’’ 

- Excerpt of Eartha Kitt’s autobiography I’m Still Here (1989)

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Happy birthday, Eartha Kitt! (January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008)

Eartha voiced Yzma in The Emperor’s New Groove, the straight-to-video sequel Kronk’s New Groove and the spin-off TV series The Emperor’s New School, for which she won 2 Emmy Awards and 2 Annie Awards for Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production.