Kitty Carlisle Hart Dies at 96

Apr 18, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Kitty Carlisle Hart, actress and panelist on the long-running CBS game show “To Tell the Truth,” died at her home in New York Tuesday from heart failure. She was 96.

Ms. Hart, known professionally as Kitty Carlisle, was the widow of legendary Broadway theater playwright and director Moss Hart, to whom she was married from 1946 until his death in 1961.

She made her Broadway debut in “Rio Rita” in 1932, and her first motion picture was “Murder at the Vanities” in 1934. The following year she appeared with the Marx Bros. in “A Night at the Opera,” in which she sang. After her movie career failed to ignite, she returned to the New York stage.

After a regular spot on the failed Goodson-Todman game show “What’s Going On?” in 1954, Ms. Hart hit her stride as a regular panelist on the company’s “To Tell the Truth,” which launched on CBS in 1956 and ran until 1968. It was during that time that she became known as a television personality and a household name.

She later went on to become a member and then chairman of the New York Council of the Arts and in recent years performed a one-woman show at venues around the country.

She is survived by her son, Christopher, her daughter, Catherine, and three grandchildren.

Kitty Remembered at TVWeek’s Timeless TV blog.