Photo: Nan Melville for The New York Times
Miss Carlisle celebrated her 94th birthday at Feinstein's at the Regency in 2004.
Kitty Carlisle Hart, a New York Blend of Actress, Singer and Arts Advocate, Dies at 96
By MARILYN BERGER
Published: April 19, 2007
Kitty Carlisle Hart, a doyenne of New York culture and society and a perennial entertainer who appeared on Broadway and in films and was still singing on the stage as recently as last fall, well into her 10th decade, died Tuesday at her home in Manhattan. She was 96.
The cause was heart failure, her daughter, Catherine Hart, said.
Outgoing and energetic, Miss Carlisle became a visible champion of the arts in her middle years, lobbying Congress and the New York State Legislature for financing. For 25 years, first as a member and later as chairman of the New York Council on the Arts, she crisscrossed the state to support rural string quartets, small theater groups and urban dance troupes. [read on...]