Tony, Grammy, and Emmy-nominated performer, the leader of
the nation's most customer-friendly airline, and an
award-winning CNN News anchor make up the second group of
honorees announced this week for Birmingham-Southern College's
GALA XVI celebration.
Eartha Kitt, international star of
theatre, film, television, cabaret, and music; Colleen
and the first
chief operating officer of Dallas-based Southwest Airlines;
and Fredricka Whitfield, news anchor of “CNN Saturday” and “CNN
Sunday,” join 13 other women who will be honored in
Birmingham May 1-2, 2003.
The initial group of 13 GALA XVI honorees
was announced in October at the official kickoff of the biennial
recognizes women of achievement from around the world and showcases
the talent of Birmingham-Southern students to support scholarships
for the college's Division of Fine and Performing Arts.
Kitt is one of only a handful of performers to
be nominated for Tony, Grammy, and Emmy awards. She received
Tony nominations for her roles in the Broadway plays “Mrs.
Patterson,” “Timbuktu,” and “The Wild
Party,” and her best-selling records include the Grammy-nominated “Folk
Tales of the Tribes of Africa” and “Back in Business.” On
television, she starred as Catwoman in the “Batman” series
and received an Emmy nomination for her role in “I Spy.” She
has written five best-selling books.