Famous Cat Names: Siamese Cat Names of the Stars

Famous cat names are much sought after - and there are plenty enough to go around, especially if you're looking for famous siamese cat names.

Siamese cats are the creme de la creme, favoured by stars, novelists and yes, even presidents and prime ministers. At least three White House cats have over the years taken up residence in or near the Oval Office which is located - where else - in the White House!

Movie stars of every kind have owned siamese cats and given them what are now considered celebrity cat names.

Olivia de Havilland, the Oscar-winning actress, didn't have much time for siamese cats until she received one as a present from a technician on one of her films. After that, she was sold. The cat's name? Catherine.

Vivien Leigh, the memorable Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind, had several siamese cats. The most famous cat name was Boy, although in fact, Boy's real name was New Boy. Unfortunately, he met his end under the wheels of a car. And then there was Poo Jones, who lived with Miss Leigh in the 1960s and traveled with her everywhere. She even crossed the Atlantic on the Queen Elizabeth with her mistress and was often spotted parading on the upper deck.

Another famous cat name belonging to a legendary movie star was Marcus, who belonged to ill-fated actor James Dean. It was a present from another legend, Elizabeth Taylor (herself the proud owner of several siamese cats). Dean only had the siamese kitten for a short while - he may have had a premonition about his death. When he was asked why he'd given the kitten away, he answered: "I figured, I might go out some night and just never come home."

Who would have thought that the fleet-footed Fred Astaire would have had a Siamese cat? He did - Carlyle. How's that for a famous cat name? He got the cat as a gift from none other than Kim Novak, his co-start in The Notorious Landlady.

Speaking of Kim Novak, she was herself a notorious Siamese cat addict and was often photographed with her Siamese, Pyewacket, who starred in the film Bell, Book and Candle.

Another world-renowned dancer who owned a Siamese cat was Russian prima ballerina Anna Pavlova. Unfortunately, the cat's name has faded into obscurity, but not so Anna's name, credited with being the inspiration behind the Pavlova, that lightweight meringue dessert, light and airy like a dancer.

Movie stars and dancers were not the only ones who might inspire and guide us in choosing a unique Siamese cat name.

Pablo Picasso, the renowned artist, had a siamese cat, although little is known about it other than it's name, Minou, which means pussy or kitten in English.

Siamese cats have been favoured by poets. Alan Ginsberg, the famous American poet, posed for a well-known 1960s photo of himself with his adorable siamese cat. And T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats is all about naming a cat and was the basis for the musical, Cats.

If you're looking for famous cat names, you'll find none more mystifying than the siamese owned by Beverly Nichols, a British writer. He gave them numbers instead of names, from Number 1 to Number 8. One exception: there was no Number 6. Number 8 was originally called Oscar before he was renamed Number 8. Nichols also had two jet-black half-Siamese called Rose and Cavalier. "Most of us rather like our cats to have a streak of wickedness. I should not feel quite easy in the company of any cat that walked about the house with a saintly expression...," he once said.He obviously was intimately aware of the Siamese cat character!

Another famous British author, Anthony Burgess, also made a contribution to famous cat names. His cat was called Lalage, which in Greek stands for chatter and talk - not inappropriate given Siamese cats' reputations for incessant chatter. Burgess took Lalage everywhere with him, even to what was then called Malaya where the cat died, just over the border from Thailand, where Siamese cats are originally from. His cook, Yusof, loved animals and was always rescuing strays. He adored Lalage but "she mistrusted his big brown feet," according to Burgess.

One of the best-known authors to write about Siamese cats is Amy Tan, who wrote The Joy Luck Club. What is less known is that she also wrote two children's books, one of which is the story of Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese cat.

French dramatist Jean Cocteau, too, had a Siamese cat. He once said, "I love cats because I love my home and after a while they become its visible soul." His cat's name, however, has yet to resurface.

Siamese cats even have movies made about them. Who hasn't heard of The Incredible Journey, a real tear-jerker about a cat separated from its family trying to find its way home.

Then there's the Cat Who books, a series about two Siamese cats who help a reporter solve crimes. And lets not forget Tai Lu, the magical Siamese cat who stars in her very own book series.

If these famous cat names are too tame for you, how about Gorgo, short for Gorgonzola? Gorgo belonged to rock musician Franklin Vincent Zappa, Frank Zappa for the rest of us. If you want to see a picture of Gorgo, go see the back cover of Greg Russo's book about Zappa, Cosmik Debris.

Here's one that won't surprise you: UK heavyweight boxing champ Frank Bruno is a Siamese cat lover. His celebrity cat name? Samson, of course.

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