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July 28, 2019

Famous Cat Lovers: Classic Stars and Cats in the Limelight

Since the very beginning of film, the furry felines have been at the sides of actors and actresses on screen, captivated the heart of the audiences. There was even a time when Hollywood studios softened the stars of the Golden Age by posing them with animals. Many film celebrities, musicians are known to have the penchant for cats. Here is a collection of classic stars photographed with the felines, some are pets and some are strays:

Ava Gardner holding her Siamese cat, 1946.

Anthony Perkins playing with a kitty, 1958.

Anthony Perkins giving some ice cream to his Siamese cat, 'Banjo,' 1950s.

An early photo of Bette Davis when she was 14, 1922. Photo from Bettmann Archive.

Bette Davis with Lonesome the kitten, April 1943.

Betty Grable wearing her pet cat, 'Whitney,' around her neck like a fur scarf, 1935. The cat then sniffed her hair.

Brigitte Bardot holding her cat up, 1959. Photo from Sipa.

Clark Gable poses with one of the cats that lived on his 22-acre ranch in the San Fernando Valley, 1945. Photo from John Kobal Foundation.

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard with two Siamese siblings at their home in the San Fernando Valley, 1940. Photo from John Kobal Foundation.

Cary Grant walking his Siamese cat in Beverly Hills, 1955. Photo by Sanford Roth.

While returning to Paris from a trip to Russia, Taylor proved herself capable of simultaneously signing an autograph and stroking the nape of a mysterious cat, 1961. Photo by Henri Bureau.

Elizabeth Taylor at her Beverly Hills home with her pet Siamese cat, 'Coffee,' 1956. Photo by Sanford Roth.

Fred Astaire pointing at his Siamese cat, 'Carlyle,' 1962. Photo by John Swope-LIFE.

Fred Astaire with his Siamese cat, 'Carlyle,' on his shoulder, 1962. Photo by John Swope-LIFE.

Freddie Mercury with his cat, 'Tiffany,' 1986.

George Harrison with his cat, 'Corky,' by the pool at Kinfauns, Surrey, England, 1965.

Greta Garbo with Cecil Beaton’s cat at his home, Reddish House, in Broadchalke, England, 1951. Photo by Cecil Beaton.

Ingrid Bergman hugging cat while on filming set at Elstree, England, 1958. Photo from Bettmann Archive.

Ingrid Bergman holding her cat, 1940s.

James Dean with his cat, 'Marcus,' a gift from Elizabeth Taylor, 1955. Photo by Sanford Roth.

Janis Joplin with her cat at home in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, 1967. Photo by Baron Wolman.

Joan Fontaine in London, UK, circa 1965. Photo by Keystone.

The Who's drummer Keith Moon riding in the backseat with his cat, 1970. Photo by Shepard Sherbell.

Lauren Bacall poses with two wide-eyed cats, 1940s.

Laurence Olivier with the family cat 'New' at home at Chelsea, London, 1946. Photo from Keystone Features.

Vivien Leigh with 'New Boy,' her Siamese cat, 1940.

Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh with their Siamese cat, 1940s. Photo from Picture Post.

Mia Farrow with her cat 'Malcolm,' 1965. Photo from John Kobal Foundation.

Marlon Brando leans back on a sofa and smiles at a cat, who lays across his shoulders, at his home in Los Angeles, California, 1954. Photo by Murray Garrett.

Marlon Brando kissing a cat at his home, 1950s.

Marlon Brando in costume as 'Don Vito Corleone' as he holds a cat on the set of the film 'The Godfather,' 1972. Photo from ullstein bild.

Marlon Brando in costume as 'Don Vito Corleone' as he holds a cat on the set of the film 'The Godfather,' 1972. Photo by Steve Schapiro.

Paul Newman playing with his cat, 'Louis XIV,' while sewing and smoking, 1978. Photo by Sanford Roth.

Paul Newman with his cat, 'Louis XIV,' at the zoo, 1956. Photo by Sanford Roth.

Robert Redford takes a break from reading a script with the family's cat curled up in his lap at his Utah retreat, 1969. Photo by John Dominis-LIFE.

Sean Connery having a good time in Marbella, September 1983. Photo by David Steen.

Stanley Kubrick sitting in a chair playing with a cat on the set of 'A Clockwork Orange,' 1972. Photo from Corbis.

Steve McQueen with his kitty cat, 1963. Photo by William Claxton.

John Lennon with his cat, 1965. Photo by Robert Whitaker.

Yoko Ono and John Lennon with a cat, Weybridge, Surrey, England, 1968. Photo by Ethan Russell.




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