Kitty Carlisle Hart a beloved presence in our community will be dearly missed.
Christopher Hart, her son, who was at her side when she died said "She passed away peacefully on Tuesday night at her Manhattan apartment. She had such a wonderful life, and a great long run, it was a blessing."
She began her acting career on Broadway in "Champagne Sec" and appeared in many Broadway productions including the 1984 revival of "On Your Toes." Her career which spanned 70 years also featured appearances in opera, television and film. She was born in New Orleans on September 3, 1910. She attended the Sorbonne, the London School of Economics, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. She married her husband the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Moss Hart in 1946. She is probably best know for her appearance from 1956 – 1967 on "To Tell the Truth," a CBS prime time television show.
Mrs. Hart was a tireless advocate of the arts and served on the New York Council of the Arts for 20 years. In 1991 she received the National Medal of Arts from the President. She championed women roles in society as well. Discipline ruled in her life and every day began with an exercise routine even after turning 90.
She was considered a "true Dame" and was always elegant and sophisticated. A tough act to follow.
Besides her son Christopher Hart, she is surrvived by a daughter Dr. Catherine Hart and three grandchildren.