The family nickname of Kathy Anderson (Lauren Chapin) that was used by James (Robert Young) and Margaret (Jane Wyatt) Anderson when addressing their youngest pig-tailed daughter on the sitcom FATHER KNOWS BEST/CBS/NBC/ABC/1954-63.
Kathy’s brother, Bud (Billy Gray) sometimes called Kathy “Shrimp,” “Squirt” and “Shrimp Boat.”
When the TV series was canceled, Lauren Chapin who played “Kitten” found the real world a bit less wholesome. Falling on hard times, Lauren became a prostitute, selling her body for heroin. She climbed out of her private Hell when she found God and became a Christian.
On an installment of the daytime talk show OPRAH, she told the audience that when she was young, everyone told her that she was the “best, the brightest, and the cutest. As an adult, however, she could never live up to people’s expectations. Nobody wanted to know the real Lauren; they just wanted to know ‘Kitten’.”
Note: On the sitcom MR. BELVEDERE/ABC/1985-90 sportscaster George Owens (Bob Uecker) referred to his teenage daughter Heather (Tracy Wells) as Kitten. At her 16th birthday, Heather asked her father to stop calling her Kitten because she wasn’t a kid anymore. Later, however, she changed her mind and hugged her dad when he said, “Happy Birthday, Kitten.”
“Kitten” was also the nickname used by Spencer Tracy (until his death) when referring to actress Elizabeth Taylor. She was first called “Kitten” in the movie Father of the Bride (1950) when Spencer Tracy played her father. Tracy referred to himself as “Pops.”