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Kitty Carlisle Hart

Kitty Carlisle Hart (b. 3 September 1910) is an United States singer, actress, and spokeswoman for the arts. She is probably best known from being a regular panelist on the television game show To Tell the Truth under her stage name Kitty Carlisle.

She was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and named Catherine Conn. She was educated in Switzerland, then at the Sorbonne and the London School of Economics. She studied acting in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

She got her acting start in America at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania. She appeared, billed as Kitty Carlisle, on Broadway in several operettas and musical comedies, and in the American premiere of Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia.

Her early movies included a role in the Marx Brothers' A Night at the Opera and two films with Bing Crosby.

She became a household name through To Tell the Truth, where she was a regular panelist for 15 years, appearing on each version from 1956 to 2002.

She married playwright Moss Hart on 10 August 1946. He died 21 December 1961. They had two children.

Known for her gracious manners and personal elegance, late in life she became prominent in social circle of New York City as she crusaded for financial support of the arts. She was appointed to various state-wide councils, and was chairman of the New York State Council of the Arts for 20 years. She also served on the boards of various New York City cultural institutions.

She resumed her acting late in life, appearing in Woody Allen's Radio Days and in Six Degrees of Separation, as well as on stage in a revival of On Your Toes.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Kitty Carlisle Hart Facts

Birth NameCatherine Conn
BirthdaySeptember 3, 1910
BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Date of deathApril 17, 2007 (Manhattan, New York, USA, age 96)

Selected Filmography

Not available.