by Eve Coulson

Kitty Carlisle Hart Sings Out

“Kitty didn’t want to be pigeonholed or marginalized as a Jewish actress,” her son Chris Hart told Lilith recently. He’s speaking about a woman, who, at the self-disclosed age of 96, has had a stellar career in film, television and on stage. (She appeared both in the Marx Brothers film “A Night at the Opera” and with the Metropolitan Opera.) Born Catherine Conn (pronounced Cohen), “she and others, like Berlin, Gershwin, Rogers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Lowe — all Jews, mostly from immigrant families — built the American musical theater without emphasizing or denying their Jewishness. They wanted the biggest possible audience for their work.”

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