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Michael Parkinson interviews Eartha Kitt

Michael Parkinson interviews Eartha Kitt
Interview; Music; Phone-in
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Actress and singer Eartha Kitt talks to Michael Parkinson about the dispute in America over the race of an actor (Jonathan Pryce) in the Broadway production of Miss Saigon; whether she herself has lost out on parts through being a brown-skinned woman; why she got into show business; getting into dance; going to the movies as a child; romance; trying to get parts and agents (she takes a call on this); whether she has suffered from racism; working with Orson Welles; singing and song writing; Madonna covering her song, Santa Baby; working with pop groups; being in London; the changes in London over the years she has been visiting; the report on her compiled by the CIA as the result of her difference of opinion with President Lyndon Johnson and his wife over the Vietnam War. Two songs recorded by Kitt - Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love), and An Englishman Needs Time - are played. Interview already under way as clip begins.
Michael Parkinson; Eartha Kitt
USA; Actors; Theatre; London; Music; Reports; Interethnic relations; Singers; Films; Musical theatre; Vietnam War (1945-1975); Racism; CIA; Presidents; Surveillance; Eartha Kitt; Orson Welles; Jonathan Pryce; Miss Saigon (musical); Lyndon B. Johnson; Lady Bird Johnson; Madonna (musical artist)

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