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ShariLee

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A Salute to Orangey the Cat

Orangey, a red tabby cat, was a talented animal actor owned and trained by the well-known cinematic animal handler Frank Inn.

Orangey had a 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). 

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Orangey won his first Patsy in his film debut for his title role in Rhubarb (1951), a story about a cat who inherits a fortune and a baseball team. 

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He won his second Patsy for his portrayal of "Cat", Audrey Hepburn's "poor slob without a name" in  Breakfast at TIffany's (1961). 

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Other films that Orangey the Cat appeared in during his 15 year career, include This Island Earth (1955), The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), Gigot (1962), The Comedy of Terrors (1964), and Village of The Giants (1965). 

Orangey's longest gig was a recurring role as Minerva the Cat in the TV series "Our Miss Brooks" from 1952 through 1958.

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ShariLee

18 Sep 09, 11:04 PM

An Orangey marathon would be so much fun.  I love the idea.

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Smitty39

15 Sep 09, 03:59 PM

I was so excited to see this post!  My friend and I were going to have an Orangey marathon one time, but never got around to it... some day, lol.  I remember watching Breakfast at Tiffany's and seeing Cat squashed up between Holly and "Fred" in that end scene, and thinking, "That is a damned good cat."

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Vargas

13 Sep 09, 12:58 AM

Orangey! Thanks, ShariLee, for the informative post on one incredible thespian feline. Wonderful!

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theladyeve

13 Sep 09, 12:02 AM

I love your animal blogs and I am a big fan of Orangey in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S as the pivotal character, "Cat." Thanks for giving this talented orange creature his due!

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hepclassic

12 Sep 09, 03:53 PM

I'll always remember Oranagey as being in the middle of George Peppard and Audrey Hepburn kissing in the rain in Breakfast At Tiffany's.

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Paul2

12 Sep 09, 02:37 PM

Shari ,Sorry False Alarm Woof

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Paul2

12 Sep 09, 01:29 PM

I always wondered If  he was the cat in  Shrinking man ,thanks  Shari for the info. BTW noitce anytime new on the blog page.? Just saying

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cagneyfan2008

12 Sep 09, 01:28 PM

Aww...he seems like a cute little kitty.

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