NAT KING COLE & EARTHA KITT:

Eartha Kitt once commented on Maria Cole's (Nat King Cole's) wife's possessiveness and jealous fears.

When Kitt and Cole had worked together, playing the characters of Go-Go and composer W.C. Handy in the film, "St. Louis Blues," they struck up a platonic friendship.

On one occasion, Nat had sent Eartha a thank-you note and roses.  Signing the note, "Handy misses Go-Go."  In response, Kitt wrote to thank him for the roses with the words "Go-Go also misses Handy."

The note got into the hands of Maria Cole, recalled Kitt.  'She sent me a beaded cashmere sweater as a thank-you gift with a note pinned to it that must have poisoned the pen that wrote it.'

The note read: "I don't know if you think of yourself as some kind of temptress siren but the film is over and Go-Go (you) is gone, let's leave it that way."

Source: "Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams" by Donald Bogle.

 

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