How sad that these deaths always come in threes…

Eartha Kitt who came from South Carolina cotton fields to become a reknown actress singer, dancer and actress, has died at age 81. She played the lead female role opposite Nat King Cole in St. Louis Blues in 1958 and in the 1990s appeared in Boomerang and Harriet the Spy. But who can forget her as Catwoman on the Batman TV series in 1967-68: she made sexy span all racial lines. But her legacy may lie in the fact she was one of the most outspoken political activists in showbiz — she spoke out against the Vietnam War while attending a White House luncheon hosted by Lady Bird Johnson — and her career paid the price for it.

Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize For Literature winner, died at age 78. His film credits include 22 screenplays, most notably 1980′s The French Lieutenant’s Woman.

Robert Mulligan, who passed away at age 83, directed many of the movies that the world has come to love by never letting sentimentality become mawkish or manipulative. A frequent collaboraor with producer Alan J. Pakula, their credits include To Kill A MockingbirdLove With the Proper StrangerUp the Down Staircase, Inside Daisy Clover, and Baby The Rain Must Fall. Among other films he helmed were Summer Of ’42, Same Time Next Year, Clara’s Heart and most recently The Man In The Moon.

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