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Orangey: Breakfast at Tiffany’s Cat Actor
“Where’s the cat?” The worried and remorseful Holly Golightly realizes she’s made a terrible mistake. She’s lost her loves: kicked out the cat and alienated the man. In one of Hollywood’s tearjerker endings, Holly recovers them both. As Holly and Paul kiss in the rain, no eye is dry – nor is Orangey. The sopping wet cat actor snuggles between the lovers in an adorable three-way hug. The Breakfast at Tiffany’s cat found himself nestled into the hearts of everybody.
Orangey, the Breakfast at Tiffany’s cat, enjoyed an illustrious cat acting career. Orangey is the one and only cat actor to win the PATSY award twice. The PATSY award, Picture Animal Top Star of the Year, is the animal equivalent of the Oscar. Orangey won his first PATSY award for his title performance in Rhubarb (1951) and his second ten years later for his iconic role as the Breakfast at Tiffany’s cat in 1961.
Orangey played a wide variety of cat characters. The red tabby cat cat acted as waif in the romance Breakfast at Tiffany’s. He was a kitty sitting pretty as the sole heir of the wealthy T.J. Banner in Rhubarb. Orangey grounded his career with a recurring role as Minerva in the TV series Our Miss Brooks (1952 – 1958), and he launched his talents into early sci-fi with his roles in The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) and The Village of Giants (1965). In The Incredible Shrinking Man, an Orangey of elephantine proportions nearly catches his ever shrinking, mouse-sized owner. As if taking a swing at a shrinking man wasn’t strange enough, Orangey also took a swing at a horror film, starring as Cleopatra the cat in The Comedy of Terrors (1963).
Orangey’s variety reached beyond the characters he played: he was a wide variety of cats himself. Thirty-six “Orangey” cats worked together in the filming of Rhubarb alone. Orangey’s trainer, Frank Inn, found that one cat could only master a couple of tricks. He trained a crew of look-alikes, each cat specializing in a certain talent or two. As is common with cat actors, the cats worked under a group name and are credited and awarded as one. The Orangey team worked together seamlessly.
Where is Cat? Orangey is memorialized at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills with many other beloved actors. Yet to our touched and teary eyes he’ll always be the Breakfast at Tiffany's cat nestled in between Holly and Peter, found and finally belonging.