Alexandra, Princess of Wales
In a portrait from 1870, Alexandra, Princess of Wales, holds her pet cat close to her bosom. The princess was a beloved royal family member known not for her feline obsession, but her devotion to charity work.
The silent film star posing in 1935.
In a photo from 1934, The Maltese Falcon actress hugs her tortoiseshell cat, whom she named Monkie.
Dolores Del Rio
The actress was photographed at home with her cat, whom she named Blue Bell, in June 1933.
Lynn Merrick and hers hang out in a cornfield in the early forties.
From the forties, the future Mrs. Bogart poses with two black cats.
In 1948, the Hollywood actress was photographed clutching a kitten while working as a part-time model, some eight years before she would become the Princess of Monaco.
Robert Vose - Grace Kelly on the movie set of To Catch a Thief, 1954
The actress wore her pet cat Whitney around her neck like a fur scarf in 1935. The cat then sniffed her hair.
Veronica Lake, 1940
Taken around 1930, the photo shows Princess Elizabeth Bibesco, wife of Prince Antoine Bibesco (a Romanian diplomat), holding a (surprised) black cat.
In 1957, British-born actress Joan Collins lounged on a boat that came with its own kitten.
In 1935, actress Jean Parker posed for this studio portrait.
While returning to Paris from a trip to Russia in 1961, Taylor proved herself capable of simultaneously signing an autograph and stroking the nape of a mysterious cat.
In February, 1953, the singer and actress (who would later play Catwoman on television in 1967) was photographed checking her makeup with her cat, Jinx, lounging on her vanity table. It's reported that Jinx preferred to stick around Eartha's dressing room even while she was performing onstage.
On September 12, 1965, Mia Farrow was photographed with her cat companion Ref.
The French actress-singer turned animal-rights activist cuddled with a tiger on a trip to Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, in 1976.
One can only guess why the Siamese in the actress's arm was named Pyewacket, a reference to a witch's spirit. But the name is actually popular for the Siamese variety, thanks to the film Bell, Book, and Candle released in 1958, which featured a feline of the same name.
A shoot from the seventies titled "Dolly Parton and Friend."
In 1966, former Bond girl Lana Wood casually walked a leopard on a chain leash in the American suburbs, remembering her blowout but apparently forgetting pants.
Tiny cat! The Swedish actress posed with a minuscule feline named Hurricane in July 1968.
Sir Elton John
In this photo from 1969, it's unclear who looks more distressed, the socialite or that cat.
Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac
The sisters, in their matching stripes, smothered a feline with kisses in an outdoor portrait series from 1960.
The actress, a noted cat lover, carried one over her shoulder in June, 1960. Observe the studded collar.
In 1964, Swedish actress Ann-Margret framed her face with a Siamese kitten to promote her upcoming film, Kitten With a Whip. Note: The film was a crime drama and did not have anything to do with actual kittens.
The English actress having a milk-off alongside a cat.
Around 1954, the French actress who gained fame for starring in sex melodramas, posed for yet another sultry photo. This time, with a startled-looking white Persian in tow.
Taken in 1966, the photo shows the Swedish actress-model looking a bit tentative.
Anita Ekberg - La Dolce Vita, 1960.
In 1959, the Hollywood actress gives her Siamese a hug at home.
Here, in 1963, the actress was photographed blow-drying George, her cat.
The British actress hangs out on set with a Siamese in 1954.
In 1944, the actress and dancer laid out on the beach alongside a black cat. As one does.
Here, a lesson in picking up a cat with one hand from the seventies-era Italian television presenter and actress.
The Italian actress Monica Vitti also often carried a cat in her arms while shooting the film High Infidelity.
Those Italians have a way with cats. Here, famed forties singer Ombretta Colli with her pet.
The Italian singer and songwriter posing in Milan. As we said: those Italians.
In a photo from 1961, the Italian actress pretended to kiss a kitten. Okay, we'll stop making the same joke.
In a portrait from a private photo shoot in 1966, the British singer couldn't look happier.
The English actress holds a pair of kittens on the set of Up the Junction, directed by Peter Collinson, in 1968.
Lee Merriweather aka Cat woman, 1966
Lovely actress Susan Cabot and three immensely cute little feline friends in 1950
Jayne Manfield 1964.
Jean Seberg with Cat, 1959
Yvonne de Carlo
Tippi Hedren and her lion .
Mary Tyler Moore
Valerie Leon, Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb
Cher by Richard Avedon
The supermodel in 1985, competing to see who can look more feline.
In 1985, the Dynasty actress brought hers to a Los Angles event.
Another feline-face-on-cat competition, from the nineties singer.
Glamour Shot: In 1993, the One Day at a Time actress did a whole shoot with a kitten.
In 1991, the French actress campaigned against the abandonment of cats and dogs. Here, she's visiting the Society for the Protection of Animals shelter in Genevilliers, France.
Here's Gina Gershon, who's called herself a "crazy cat lady," being photographed with her cat Cleo. Later, she released a book about her journey to find the feline, titled In Search of Cleo: How I Lost My Pussy and Found My Mind.
On October 27, 1992, Brooke Shields attended an event called "Whiskas Salutes Cats As the Purr-fect Art Form" at the Grand Central Station Gallery. She then proceeded to stroke a cheetah's throat
The Miami Vice actress, as photographed in Cuernavaca, Mexico, in 1996.
Helena Bonam Carter
Lana Del Ray
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