The (Super)Power of the Pin-up
Biff! Bam! Pop! Here’s three cheers to the celluloid beauties who still go POW! after all these years. Wong Fu and his lovely band of drag queens may love Julie Newmar but Eartha Kitt will always be THE Catwoman. In addition to having purr-fect voice for the role, the slinky wildcat got her tail caught in the proverbial rocking chair of then First Lady, Ladybird Johnson, by using an official (fan) luncheon as an opportunity to criticize Mrs. Johnson’s husband’s policy on the Vietnam War. Ms. Kitt said:
“You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. No wonder the kids rebel and take pot… The children of America are not rebelling for no reason. They are not hippies for no reason at all. We don’t have what we have on Sunset Blvd. for no reason. They are rebelling against something. There are so many things burning the people of this country, particularly mothers. They feel they are going to raise sons — and I know what it’s like, and you have children of your own, Mrs. Johnson — we raise children and send them to war.”
As if she wasn’t sexy enough. Good politics make this writer wobbly in the knees. (An underrated superpower). What follows is the article we found at “Lost Pin-ups.” Click for more on Eartha Kitt, Lee Meriwether and other catwomen in art, film and mythology.
Catwomen Over the Years
While they’re not exactly pinups, technically, we’re quite sure the lovely ladies of the Batman franchise have graced the walls of many a gentleman over the last 7 decades. With this weekend’s release of the final installment of the Christopher Nolan film series, “The Dark Knight Rises,” Catwoman is on our minds. Anne Hathaway is the latest to portray the feline fatale Selina Kyle, and rumor has it she does a fantastic job.
We decided to do a little retrospective of the catwomen over time. Who was your favorite?
Julie Newmar – 1960s television show
Lee Meriwether – 1966 film
Eartha Kitt – television series’ final season
Michelle Pfeiffer – 1992 film
Halle Berry – 2005 film
Anne Hathaway -2012 film
Update – as a Lost Pinup reader, Jason, pointed out, Alicia Silverstone also played a sassy femme fatale in the Batman franchise. She was not catwoman, however, but the flightier “Batgirl,” in the 1997 Joel Schumacher film. She’s got a great costume, though, so we’ll throw her in for good measure!