Kitty Carlisle

carlisle1September 3, 1910 – April 17, 2007

If Kitty Carlisle’s legacy can’t be measured in quantity, it certainly can be measured in longevity. Her career spanned more than 70 years. The actress and singer spent her youth traipsing around Europe with her mother looking for a prince to marry. While she never found Prince Charming, she did get the chance to study at some of the top schools in Europe such as the Sorbonne in Paris and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Her return to the U.S. led to Broadway where she would appear in shows in 7 different decades.

An actress and a singer, Carlisle also made a number of movies opposite stars like the Marx Brothers and a young Bing Crosby. She found success in television as well, most notably as a game show panelist throughout the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. When not performing, Kitty became an invaluable proponent for the arts in New York, serving as the chair of the New York State Council for the Arts for two decades as well as on numerous other boards and committees.

After a series of high-profile courtships (including dating and being proposed to by George Gershwin,) Carlisle married playwright Moss Hart in 1946. The two were married for 15 years until Hart’s death in 1961. Determined to move on from her loss and quoted as saying “You can’t escape from life, you escape into it,” Kitty lived life for nearly half a century more. She continued to impact and support the arts in New York and performed whenever she could, including appearances mere months before her death at the age of 96.

Burial

Ferncliff Cemetery – Hartsdale, NY

Specific Location

Ferncliff Mausoleum, Unit 8, Alcove EE-FF, Column D, Niche 4; Enter the mausoleum’s main entrance and go up the stairs. At the top, turn right, right, left, left then right to enter Unit 8, Alcove EE is on the right and Moss and Kitty are on the right side toward the back of the room. NOTE: This alcove is directly above Joan Crawford‘s room on the first floor.

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