Jan 23, 2020
Daughter of the late, great international star, Eartha Kitt, Kitt Shapiro has had an unconventional journey as she continues to evolve as the successful entrepreneur, wife and mother of young adults.
Founder and creator of the Simply Eartha™ lifestyle brand, Shapiro uses her mother’s words, wisdom and beauty in designing a line of ‘accessories that SAY something’ made in the US by local artisans. Always learning from her mother in how to reinvent herself, at the age of 57 she pursued her love for fashion and small business and bought her favorite local boutique, WEST in Westport, Connecticut. WEST is best described as curated fashion with a west coast vibe.
Shapiro has been in and around the fashion and entertainment business all of her life. She grew up speaking French and English as she travelled the world with her mother. After studying on the road as well as at Lycée Francais in Los Angeles and London, 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.
As president of Eartha Kitt Productions for more than 20 years, Shapiro organized and produced Eartha Kitt shows and projects all over the world. Her behind the scenes work for her famous mother was highlighted by a Grammy nomination as executive producer of Eartha Kitt’s CD, “Back in Business.”
When Eartha Kitt was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer, Shapiro became her mother’s caregiver and advocate. Eartha Kitt died Christmas Day 2008. She had never had a colonoscopy prior to her diagnosis. Shapiro has taken it upon herself to share her mother’s story and bring attention to the importance of screening and early detection.
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