Eartha Kitt’s daughter, Kitt Shapiro, on growing up multiracial with an internationally famous multiracial mother and on maintaining her mother’s legacy, Ep. 45 from Multiracial Family Man

Listen to Multiracial Family Man episodes free, on demand. Ep. 45: Kitt Shapiro is the daughter of late international star Eartha Kitt, who passed away from colon cancer in 2008. She is the founder and creator of the Simply Eartha™ lifestyle brand ( and served as president of Eartha Kitt Productions for more than 20 years. Her work with her mother was highlighted by her own Grammy nomination as executive producer of Eartha Kitt’s CD, “Back in Business.” Shapiro attended Barnard College/Columbia University before beginning a successful modeling career. She studied interior design and worked in the fashion industry before taking on the responsibilities of running her mother’s company. Shapiro has dedicated herself to sharing her mother’s story and bringing attention to the importance of colon cancer screening and early detection, and, toward that end, she serves as a Board Member for the Colon Cancer Alliance (
Listen as Kitt speaks with Alex about living and traveling with her mother, about growing up as a multiracial person with a multiracial mom and about her maintaining her mother’s legacy through her lifestyle brand, Simply Eartha, and through her work withe Colon Cancer Alliance.
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Eartha Kitt and Christina Ricci

People who look similar

Disregard people’s skin color and hair for a second and you will see all sorts of similarities between people.

Between Eartha Kitt and Christina Ricci, you can see they both have squarish heads – a bit wide, although Ricci’s tapers in more at the bottom; both have small noses, level almond eyes, similar lips and mouth, and petite frames.

Eartha Kit
Eartha Kitt

Christina Ricci (Wednesday Addams)
Christina Ricci

Eartha Kitt (Jan 17, 1927 – Dec 25, 2008) is popularly known for playing Cat Woman in the 1960’s TV series Bat Man and for her song Santa Baby.

Besides a singer and star on the 1960’s Batman TV series, Kitt was also a dancer, Broadway and cabaret star. She also did voice-over for Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove and its TV version, The Emperor’s New School.

Kitt was born as Eartha Mae Keith on a cotton plantation in “North”, a town in South Carolina. Kitt’s mother was of Cherokee and African-American descent, though it’s unconfirmed. Kitt didn’t live with her mother at first, although she thought Anna Mae Riley was her mother until about age 8. When Riley passed away, Kitt went to live with her biological mother, Mamie Kitt in New York City.

Kitt never knew her father. It has been reported that he was of German descent and either a local doctor named Daniel Sturkie or a son of the owner of the cotton farm where she had been born.

Christina Ricci
Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci is popularly known for playing Wednesday Addams in the Addams Family movies. 

Christina Ricci (born Feb 12, 1980 –  )
Ricci was born in Santa Monica, California. She is the fourth and youngest child of Sarah (née Murdoch) and Ralph Ricci.

Ricci has played in many movies since the Addams Family.

Ricci identifies as mostly Scotch-Irish, but also with Italian heritage 5 or 6 generations back. Scotch-Irish is an Americanism. Most Scotch-Irish have little or no Scottish ancestry. The term Scotch-Irish came into use because the area where these immigrants arrived from, Northeastern Ireland, had a Scottish cultural influence.

Here’s an interview in which you can see that she’s petite. I don’t know what her natural hair color is. It’s different in every interview, likely due to the role that she’s playing at the time of the interview.

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