Kitty Carlisle Biography
|Kitty Carlisle Hart (b. 3 September 1910) is a United States singer, actress, and spokeswoman for the arts. She is probably best known from being a regular panelist on the television game show To Tell the Truth under her stage name Kitty Carlisle.
She was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and named Catherine Conn. She was educated in Switzerland, then at the Sorbonne and the London School of Economics. She studied acting in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
She got her acting start in America at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania. She appeared, billed as Kitty Carlisle, on Broadway in several operettas and musical comedies, and in the American premiere of Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia.
Her early movies included a role in the Marx Brothers' A Night at the Opera and two films with Bing Crosby.
She became a household name through To Tell the Truth, where she was a regular panelist for 15 years, appearing on each version from 1956 to 2002.
She married playwright Moss Hart on 10 August 1946. He died 21 December 1961. They had two children.
Known for her gracious manners and personal elegance, late in life she became prominent in social circle of New York City as she crusaded for financial support of the arts. She was appointed to various state-wide councils, and was chairman of the New York State Council of the Arts for 20 years. She also served on the boards of various New York City cultural institutions.
She resumed her acting late in life, appearing in Woody Allen's Radio Days and in Six Degrees of Separation, as well as on stage in a revival of On Your Toes.
Champagne, Sec - 1933 (an operetta)
White Horse Inn - 1936 (a musical comedy)
Three Waltzes - 1937
Walk With Music - 1940
The Rape of Lucretia - 1948 (Benjamin Britten's opera)
Anniversary Waltz - 1954
Die Fledermaus - 1967 (as Prince Orlofsky at the Metropolitan Opera)
On Your Toes - 1983
Murder at the Vanities - 1934
She Loves Me Not - 1934 (with Bing Crosby)
Here Is My Heart - 1934 (with Bing Crosby)
A Night at the Opera - 1935 (with the Marx Brothers)
Larceny with Music - 1943
Radio Days - 1987
Six Degrees of Separation - 1993
To Tell the Truth - 1956 - 1981
Kojak: "Flowers for Matty" - 1990
vice chairman of the New York State Council of the Arts 1971-1976
chairman of the New York State Council of the Arts - 1976 - abt 1996
chairman emeritus of the New York State Council of the Arts
board member of Empire State College
Honorary trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Honorary trustee of the Museum of Modern Art
board member of the Center for Arts Education
chairman of the New York Statewide Conference of Women
special consultant to Governor Nelson Rockefeller on Women's Opportunities.
Kitty: An Autobiography
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