Oh, sure, cats are cute and soft and hilarious and occasionally cuddly. Otherwise, would Ernest Hemingway have kept dozens of them around his houses in Cuba and Key West? He wrote, "A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not." He killed himself, by the way. So did Kurt Cobain, who is also pictured on this list playing with a seemingly innocent kitten. And several of the other dead celebrities holding cats on this list died of drug overdoses, including Judy Garland, Keith Moon, and Marilyn Monroe. Unfortunate coincidental accidents, or last-resort desperation after long years spent being ignored and tortured by cats? Dead men tell no tales, and neither do guilty cats.
Why a gallery of only dead people? It's a bit morbid. But these are also cool, old, mostly candid black and white photos of famous people, and it is fun to see mega-movie stars with their guards down. Some of these pictures were even taken in their own homes. There are also a few promo shots and even screen stills. What does it say about a person if his preferred pet is a cat? Are you surprised to see some of these famous cat people? Share your thoughts in the comments.
With Tiffany, 1986. Freddie Mercury had several cats over the years, including Oscar, Goliath, Miko, Romeo, and Lily.
Age: Died at 45 (1946-1991)
Birthplace: Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer, + more
Cause Of Death: AIDS, Pneumonia
Credits: Metropolis, Ted, Shaun of the Dead, Moulin Rouge!
#1 on The Best Rock Vocalistssee more on Freddie Mercury
Age: Died at 64 (1929-1993)
Birthplace: Ixelles, Belgium
Profession: Model, Actor, Dancer
Cause Of Death: Appendix cancer
Credits: Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Fair Lady, Roman Holiday, Charade
Also Rankedsee more on Audrey Hepburn
With Marcus, who was a gift from Elizabeth Taylor in 1955
Age: Died at 24 (1931-1955)
Birthplace: Marion, Indiana, United States of America
Cause Of Death: Traffic collision
Credits: Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden, Giant, General Electric Theater
#4 on The Coolest Actors Eversee more on James Dean
Age: Died at 27 (1967-1994)
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Washington, United States of America
Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer, Artist
Cause Of Death: Suicide, Gunshot
Credits: Moulin Rouge!, Jerry Maguire, The Big Short, Jarhead
#24 on The Best Rock Vocalists
#98 on The Best Singers of All Timesee more on Kurt Cobain