In September 1955, as filming of "Giant" (1956) was coming to an end, James Dean got a Siamese kitten from co-star Elizabeth Taylor whom he had befriended during the film's shooting. He named the cat Marcus, after his cousin. When Dean went to Salinas, California, on 30 September 1955 to participate in a car racing competition, he needed somebody to look after Marcus. His friend, actress Jeanette Doty (whom Dean had formerly dated), had agreed to take him, and the night before he left Dean visited her to bring the cat over. Along with Marcus, Dean also gave Jeanette a note with instructions how to feed and care for him. Dean would never be back to pick up Marcus. On his way to Salinas he died after crashing his Porsche.
|Jeanette Doty and James Dean (playing drunk) at the popular nightclub Ciro's. Photo by Dennis Stock.|
Image: heritage auctions (reproduced with permission)
1 teaspoon white Karo
1 big can evaporated milk
equal part boiled water or
1 egg yoke [sic]
mix and chill
Don't feed him meat or formula cold.
1 drop vitamen [sic] solution per day
Take Marcus to Dr. Cooper on Melrose for shots next week