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By Roger B. Harris
Published April 19 2007

No, Kitty Carlisle Hart hadn't exactly discovered the fountain of youth; no, she hadn't made a pact with the devil-a long and vibrant life in exchange for her mortal soul. It just seemed that way. For, in recent years, she was to be seen everywhere: Gala openings, charity events, performing a cabaret act at Feinsteins at the Regency. She had even served as chairperson of the New York State Council of the Arts, for 20 years, starting in 1976. Before that, there had been Broadway musicals and an odd motion picture or three, including the Marx Brothers 1935 classic, A Night at the Opera. And let's not forget the 1946 marriage to playwright Moss Hart(who died in 1961). But, time must have a stop. And on April 17, Hart succumbed to pneumonia, age 96.

Kitty Carlisle Hart, entered the world in New Orleans on September 3, 1910; born Catherine Conn, daughter of Dr. Joseph Conn, a gynecologist, and Hortense, the daughter of the first Jewish mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana. She was accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and studied at the Theatre de l'Atelier in Paris.

She appeared in several Broadway musicals including Champagne Sec, White Horse Inn, Three Waltzes, Walk With Music, The Rape of Lucretia and Anniversary Waltz. Movies included the above mentioned A Night at the Opera, Murder at the Vanities and Here is My Heart, among others. In the 1950s, she was a regular panelist on the television hit, To Tell the Truth. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1966, in Strauss' Die Fledermaus.

Kitty Carlisle Hart is survived by a son and daughter she had with Moss Hart



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