Eartha Kitthas been announced dead moments ago. Andrew Freedman, a family friend said Eartha died today of colon cancer and had been treated recently at a NYC hospital. She was 81 years old. Kitt’s career spanned over six decades and she won two Emmy Awards, and garnered several Tony and Grammy award nominations. She wrote three autobiographies. On television, she was known for the sexy Catwoman on the popular “Batman” series in 1967-68, replacing Julie Newmar who originated the role.Â May she rest in peace.