Eartha Kitt: stepped in the role in 1968 for the final TV season, with Julie Newmar unavailable to play the role. Interestingly enough, Eartha Kitt’s outspoken views on the Vietnam War caused her career to nosedive. When Kitt was invited to the White House luncheon and was asked by Lady Bird Johnson about the Vietnam War. She replied: “You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. No wonder the kids rebel and take pot.” Apparently her remarks reportedly caused Mrs. Johnson to burst into tears. The public reaction to Kitt’s statements was extreme, both pro and con. Publicly ostracized in the US, she devoted her energies to performances in Europe and Asia. No more Kitty Cat Catwoman for Kitt.