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Kittie Carlisle Hart, 1910-2007

April 18, 2007

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Kitty Carlisle Hart and Moss Hart at Fairview Farm, Bucks County.

Kitty Carlisle Hart, born 3 September, 1910, singer, actress and spokeswoman for the arts, died earlier today of pneumonia. She is best remembered for having been a regular panelist on the television game show, To Tell the Truth, and for her frequent appearances on another game show, What’s My Line?.

Kitty Carlisle was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, named Catherine Conn. Carlisle’s father, Joseph Conn, was a medical doctor who died when Kitty was 10. Her mother, Hortense Holtzman, was a daughter of a popular mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana. Husband Moss Hart, playwright and director, died in 1961.

Carlisle’s early education took place in New Orleans. In 1921, she and her mother traveled to Europe. Carlisle was educated at École Mont Choisi in Lausanne, Switzerland, then at the Sorbonne and the London School of Economics. She studied acting in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Mme Kitty Carlisle will be dearly missed by all.

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