Film ID:
NEFA 21832

TODAY AT SIX: EARTHA KITT INTERVIEW

1971

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Description

Tyne Tees Television reporter Martin Young interviews American singer, actress and dancer Eartha Kitt at The Five Bridges Hotel (later known as the Swallow Hotel), Gateshead, following her successful performance in South Shields the previous night. She is asked if her performance changes for different types of audience, about the difference between her public image to her private life and about her image as a sex symbol and old-fashioned millionaire chaser. This report was transmitted 6 April 1971.

The report opens with Eartha sitting on a leopard skin covered chair sipping a glass of champagne. Reporter Martin Young begins by commenting on the tremendous reception in South Shields the previous night and asks her if she gives the same performance all over the world? She replies that she does and that it doesn’t matter what ‘classification of people’ come to her show. The supposed ‘working-class’ audience who came to South Shields, ‘we are all working-class in some way or another’ she comments. She wouldn’t change her act to come down to these types of audience as this would be very stupid. She gives people the benefit of the doubt and thinks that they are all intelligent people and is honest with them.

She is then asked if there is a split between her private face from her public face? Eartha replies most definitely. When she is at home she is able to analyse who she really is. She is very happy at home with her child [daughter Kitt McDonald]. With regards her music, her child doesn’t get to hear it as she rehearses when she is at school. She doesn’t get to see Eartha Kitt the famous ‘sex symbol’ or ‘man eating tiger’, she is seen simply as mummy.

She is then asked if she has ever fancied chasing an old-fashioned millionaire? She replies no, why would she when she is making such a good living.  

At this point Eartha changes position in the chair. She is then asked if she is annoyed by her image as a woman who chases after men with large bank balances? She replies that she is, and if it were true, then she would probably be one of the richest women in the world. She finishes the interview by saying that she wouldn’t want to feel that she had been bought.