Eartha Kitt wasn’t feeling Lady Eloise’s scandalous ways.
Director Reginald Hudlin has said that Eartha Kitt was the hardest person to secure for the film. She was hesitant because she was offended by some of the things her character was supposed to do and say in the script. Considering Lady Eloise was pretty slutacious for an old lady, it’s hard to imagine she was even more over the top. Once the changes were made, Kitt agreed to participate in the movie and we’re glad she did. Hudlin said that once Kitt was on board, she was a joy to work with. He also mentioned that while on set, Kitt would get out of her chair by locking her arms, lifting all of her weight and kicking her legs to propel herself outward. The woman was a beast.