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May 12, 2011

With CATS returning to the Queen City May 24-29, I decided to look at the cultural phenomenon around the feline species as a whole.  I present my list of the 5 most memorable cats in pop culture.  Agree? Disagree? Sound off below.

  1. Catwoman – is a fictional character associated with DC Comics’ Batman franchise.Michelle Pfeiffer as "Catwoman"  Widely known as Selina Kyle, many famous actresses have donned the costume: Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt, Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway.
  2. Puss-in-Boots – a French literary fairy tale about a cat who uses trickery and deceit to gain power, wealth, and the hand of a princess in marriage for his penniless and low-born master.  Famously voiced by Antonio Banderas in Shrek II and III
  3. Cat” from Breakfast at Tiffanys – Holly Golightly, the New York party girl who, outwardly, seems to live a glamorous life, but in truth is full of insecurities and neuroses.  Distraught on her way out of town in the film’s final scene, she kicks the orange cat – whom she intentionally never named – out of the cab in the rain to live among the rats and garbage cans.  But she quickly runs back to find him, and George Peppard waiting for her, in an emotional, climactic reunion in the alleyway.  They kiss with the cat sandwiched between them.  “Moon River” plays in the background.
  4. Mr. Bigglesworth from the Austin Powers films – a fictional cat belonging to Dr. Evil. He was originally similar to Blofeld’s cat, a typical white Persian cat from the James Bond movie series.  He was forced to escape hastily with Dr. Evil in a cryogenic capsule, but lost all of his fur due to an error in the unfreezing process.Heathcliff
  5. Heathcliff – a comic strip created by George Gately in 1973 featuring the title character, a wisecracking cat.
Who are you favorite CATS from popular culture?

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