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My earliest memories of Eartha Kitt don’t go back very far. I remember her as the Caped Crusader’s purr-fectly feline nemesis on the goofy old Batman show—and even then the show was already in syndication. I am told that she has appeared on episodes of I Spy and Mission Impossible, but those, too, were before my time. Recently, the 72-year-old actress has been reduced to starring in throwaway films like Ernest Scared Stupid and Fatal Instinct. Sure, I loved her as Lady Eloise in Eddie Murphy’s Boomerang (“Maaaarrrrcusss”), but that role, as a sex-starved senior citizen, was obviously not the pinnacle of her career. It was not until recently that I came to understand that the powerless, pitiable Eloise was in many ways a parody of Kitt’s past glory. Sitting up late one night watching AMC, I was amazed to see Kitt starring opposite Nat “King” Cole in the 1958 film St. Louis Blues. The two headed up a cast that included Pearl Bailey, Cab Calloway, Mahalia Jackson, Ruby Dee, and Ella Fitzgerald. The reality behind all the modern-day Eartha kitsch is a career that spans stage, screen, and recorded music. Kitt will be reviving her gold-digging, men-seducing chanteuse persona this week—ensuring that Paramount’s Harriet the Spy doesn’t have to be the last time you see her. At 8 p.m. & 10 p.m., March 16-21, at Blues Alley, 1073 Rear Wisconsin Ave. NW. $35. (202) 337-4141. (Neil Drumming)