A Graceful Exit

On April 17, 2007, the nation lost a grande dame of the arts and culture: Kitty Carlisle Hart, chair of the New York State Council on the Arts from 1976 to 1996, a woman who had an extraordinarily long and varied career in show business. Born with the name Catherine Conn (pronounced Cohen) to a Jewish family living in New Orleans, La., in 1910, Kitty was 96 years old when she died in New York City.

On April 17, 2007, the nation lost a grande dame of the arts and culture: Kitty Carlisle Hart, chair of the New York State Council on the Arts from 1976 to 1996, a woman who had an extraordinarily long and varied career in show business.

Born with the name Catherine Conn (pronounced Cohen) to a Jewish family living in New Orleans, La., in 1910, Kitty was 96 years old when she died in New York City. In between, she appeared in numerous films, including the Marx Brothers' A Night at

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