EARTHA KITT & JAMES DEAN:
White screen legend James Dean was-not only a best friend (her play brother) of actress Dorothy Dandridge; he was also a close friend of Eartha Kitt. Kitt often hung out with Dean in the passenger seat of his Porsche convertible. Dean often got grief from studio bosses for hanging out with Kitt but he ignored them and often took her out in public (with the top down) despite their objections. One evening, they were driving on Mulholland Drive when Kitt told him, ‘James, I don’t like this car; it’s going to kill you.’ Dean laughed as he calmly took the curves to finish their journey back to Miller Drive. A week later, she heard on the radio-James Dean is dead. He was on his way to a car race and crashed. Kitt was devastated.
In Related News: Eartha Kitt had just finished a performance and was relaxing in her dressing room when the maitre d came to ask her if she would join a table full of prominent white men. She replied, ‘sorry but I do not frequent the place I am working in, it kills the impact of the show.’ The maitre d appeared nervous when he left. He returned and said, ‘Miss Kitt, Mr. Snow insists you come to his table, please. Mr. Snow is a very important person. He may get angry.’ The maitre d was getting very nervous. Again, I told him no. A few minutes later, the maitre d brought back a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne from Mr. Snow. As I was lighting a cigarette in my cigarette holder, Mr. Snow entered my dressing room, he was a tiny little man who looked in my eyes and asked me to join him at his table; again, I refused. He and his four bodyguards left. Only later did I find out that he was the Mafia kingpin of Buffalo, NY.