Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Kitty Carlisle Hart (1910-2007)
With the passing of Kitty Carlisle Hart at the age of 96, a large database of entertainment history has gone with her. Her work spanned Broadway, movies and television, working with everyone from the Marx Brothers in A Night at the Opera, Woody Allen in Radio Days and Will Smith in Six Degrees of Separation as well as being a staple of classic TV game shows such as To Tell the Truth and What's My Line? She was married to the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Moss Hart, co-writer of such classics as You Can't Take It With You and The Man Who Came to Dinner. Her stories that spanned nearly the entire 20th century of Broadway theater were included in the great documentaries Broadway: The American Musical and Broadway: The Golden Age As Told By The Legends Who Were There. She even appeared as a guest on the short-lived Howard Stern Show that ran in the early 1990s. Her last Broadway appearance came in 1984 in a revival of On Your Toes and she continued to tour in her one-woman show Here's to Life up until she contracted pneumonia in December of last year.