Eartha Mae Kitt (January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008) was an American singer, actress, and cabaret star. She was perhaps best known for her highly distinctive singing style and the enduring Christmas novelty smash “Santa Baby”. Orson Welles once called her the “most exciting woman in the world.” She took over the role of Catwoman for the third and final season of the 1960s Batman television series.
Egbert Warnderink “E. W.” Swackhamer Jr. (January 17, 1927, Middletown Township, New Jersey – December 5, 1994, Berlin,Germany) was an American television and film director. Swackhamer’s credits included M*A*S*H, L.A. Law, Murder, She Wrote, Bewitched, The Partridge Family and The Flying Nun. Of the 27 pilots for television series directed by Swackhamer, 18 went into regular production, including Law & Order, Eight Is Enough, Quincy, M.E., S.W.A.T and Nancy Drew.
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