Born Josephine Baker in Tupelo, Mississippi, the middle child in a litter of seven would go on to become the (in)famous Hello Kitty. The dark-eyed kitten with pure white fur first came to the attention of famed musical producer, Jon Destin, when he saw her in a sixth grade stage production. "I was simply visiting my cousin, who's daughter was also in this play. It was a musical rendition of Schindler's List and Jo just blew us all away, not only with her singing ability but just her stage presence," he explained. Negotiations quickly ensued and contracts signed. Josephine started, as so many do, on the Mouseketeer Club Show. A former fellow member of the club, who spoke under anonymity, told us, "I don't know what they were thinking. The "Club" is not a place for any child. We were completely unsupervised and there was a great deal of what you might call "experimenting" going on. And besides, she was a cat. In a "Mouse" club. Really poorly thought out."
Josephine appeared in small roles opposite big-name movie stars in-between her shooting schedule for the Club. Film critics started taking notice of this tiny, but amazingly self-possessed young actress. It was in her second season when the problems started. Arguments erupted with other members. She started showing up late, went missing for several days before arriving as if nothing had happened. "There were definitely times she showed up high and/or drunk on the set. Her parents were useless in trying to tame their little money-maker." She did not renew for a third season. Three months passed without a word. Then her first album was released and tour dates announced. Josephine Baker was repackaged and delivered to the world as Hello Kitty. The album was a megahit and merchandising for anything Hello Kitty continues to this day, driven by the 9 - 14 year old female demographic. However, with each successive album, though 'tweens slavishly bought them up, the quality started to ebb, with critics pointing out the derivative and generic nature of the songs. "In one song all she does is repeat 'meow' to a syncopated beat. Purina did that in the 70s!" With each album, also, Hello Kitty, who had legally changed her name, seem to become more and more unraveled.
As Hello Kitty disembarked from her limo, she revealed not only does she not wear
Hello Kitty underwear, she doesn't wear any underwear at all.