Orangey

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Orangey
Orangey with Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys.jpg
Orangey with Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Other appellation(s) Jimmy
Rhubarb
Species Felis catus
Sex Male
Nation from American
Occupation Actor
Years active 1950s–1960s
PATSY Award (1951, 1961)

Orangey, a male marmalade tabby cat,[1] was an animal actor owned and trained by the well-known cinematic animal handler Frank Inn.[2][3]

Orangey (credited under various names) had a prolific career in film and television in the 1950s and early 1960s and was the only cat to win two Patsy Awards (Picture Animal Top Star of the Year, an animal actor's version of an Oscar), the first for the title role in Rhubarb (1951), a story about a cat who inherits a fortune, and the second for his portrayal of the cat, Audrey Hepburn's "poor slob without a name" in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). He has also been credited as the cat in the 1959 film adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank.[1]

Orangey was called "the world's meanest cat" by one studio executive. He often scratched and bit actors. But he was prized for his ability to stay for several hours. After a scene he would often flee, and production would be shut until he could be found. Inn would sometimes post guard dogs at the studio entrance to keep him from running away. [3]

Other appearances included a regular role as "Minerva" on the television series Our Miss Brooks (1952–1958).

The cat was also credited as "Jimmy" and "Rhubarb".[4]

Partial filmography[edit]

Film

Television

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bass, Iris (2011). Cat Lover's Daily Companion. Quarry Books. p. 250. ISBN 1592537499. 
  2. ^ "Anna Jane Grossman: Training a Cat Actor for Broadway? Better Understand the Peculiar World of Feline Motivation". 
  3. ^ a b Powe Allred, Alexandra (2005). Cat's Most Wanted. Washington D.C.: Potomac Books. p. 172. ISBN 1612342930. 
  4. ^ "Cats improve every film they are in". The Telegraph. January 25, 2014. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 

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