"It's Cynthia Basinet's "Santa Baby""

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Cynthia Basinet has had the dubious distinction of being mistaken for Marilyn Monroe. The breathy screen legend never recorded "Santa Baby" and in fact, the highly popular version and mislabeled was recorded by the sexy redheaded actress and recording artist, Cynthia Basinet (aka "c. basinet").

Cynthia Basinet has had the dubious distinction of being mistaken for Marilyn Monroe. The breathy screen legend never recorded "Santa Baby," and in fact, the highly popular and mislabeled version was recorded by the sexy redheaded actress and recording artist, Cynthia Basinet (aka "c. basinet").

The origin of the recording was as a Christmas gift for the actor, Jack Nicholson. (Other hits recorded for the actor thru the years of their relationship include "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "Haunted Heart".)

Cynthia released her "Santa Baby" via the Internet - riding the MP3/Y2K wave and becoming overnight a phenomenon at the Millennium. With worldwide radio play and MP3 downloads, her version has become a Christmas staple.

This allowed her the exposure to raise awareness for the Saharawi refugees living in self-determination in the W. Sahara by visiting in '01, just shy of 9-11.

However, illegal file-sharing has perpetrated the misnomer and continued credit to Marilyn.

"Ironically, the legendary Ms. M, for all her charm, could never have achieved what Basinet has with the song. By both embodying and poking fun at the kind of stereotype Monroe wholeheartedly embraced, the performance manages to convey a very strong and secure sense of womanhood -- all the stronger to be expressed with such humor." - David Reitzes, writer

"While I consider it a compliment, it was actually recorded as a gift and a tribute to Eartha Kitt's version." says Basinet "Besides you finance, record, produce and distribute a song originally recorded as a gift that leads to the most difficult 7 years... just be nice if at least you'd get the proper credit and the song not continue to be stolen."

The song can also be heard in the indie cult film, "Party Monster" starring Seth Green and Macaulay Culkin.

She has long been considered "... one of the most sultry, seductive voices around" and her CD, "For You With Love" collection of love songs, including "Santa Baby" is available through http://www.Amazon.com and digital distribution (Apple iTunes, MSN Music, Sony Connect, Rhapsody, BuyMusic, Emusic, the new Napster, AOL's MusicNet, MusicMatch, and more).

Also a single mother, she resides in Los Angeles, where she continues recording, acting and using her voice to aid many.

For more on Cynthia visit: http://www.cynthiabasinet.com

"What the World needs now is love sweet love" -Bacharach

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