Biography: Kitty Carlisle was born Catherine Conn on September 3, 1910 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Joseph Conn and Hortense Holtzman. She studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. She apprenticed with the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania. She served as chairman of the New York Council on the Arts. She lobbied the New York State Legislature and United States Congress for arts funding. She married dramatist Moss Hart, with whom she had her children Christopher and Catherine Hart. She published "Kitty: An Autobiography" in 1988.
Film/TV Credits: Film credits include: "Catch Me If You Can," "Six Degrees of Separation," "Radio Days," "A Night at the Opera," "Hollywood Canteen," "Here Is My Heart," "Murder at the Vanities," "She Loves Me Not," and "The Powder & the Glory." Television credits include: "What's My Line?," "Great Performances," "The Match Game," "American Masters," "The Ed Sullivan Show," and "To Tell the Truth."
Other Awards: Received a star on the Walk of Fame in 1960. Awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1991 by the National Endowment of the Arts. Named a "living landmark" by the New York Landmarks Conservancy in 1998. Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1999.
Trivia: Her one-woman show entitled "Kitty Carlisle Hart: An American Icon" toured various American cities. The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in her honor on April 18, 2007.