Eartha was the original man-eater. The epitome of a powerful woman, she knew how to not only use her sexuality, but how to capitalize upon it. The self-proclaimed “Original Material Girl” was a beautiful paradox. She was a Southern belle (thanks to her South Carolina roots) who could effortlessly portray big city glamour. Eartha’s style had the kind of depth that expressed her climb from living on a southern plantation, to inside the New York City subways, to the high life afforded by Broadway and a hit singing career. Eartha was a wild card. She was the South and she was New York City. She knew hard times and she knew success. She was a tomboy and she was a sex kitten. And, Eartha could give you anything on the spectrum between these extremes with one look.