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8 iconic animal actors

By: Matt Hickman on Sept. 11, 2013, 5:50 p.m.
Orangey sits atop Audrey Hepburm in a scene from "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

Photo: Mondadori Portfolio/Getty Images

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Now this is impressive: Orangey – also known as Rhubarb or Jimmy – is the only cat to win two PATSY (Picture Animal Top Star of the Year) Awards, the American Humane Association’s now-defunct honor bestowed upon Hollywood’s hardest-working critters. Other esteemed recipients of a PATSY include Pal, Bonzo the chimp, Bruno the Bear (“Gentle Ben”), Arnold the pig from “Green Acres” and multiple award winner, Molly (aka Francis the Talking Mule).

Orangey’s first PATSY win came in 1951 with her role as the titular kitty in “Rhubarb.” Ten years later Orangey was presented with her second PATSY award for portraying Holly Golighty’s unnamed pet feline in Blake Edward’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (pictured left.) Other Orangey appearances include “The Incredible Shrinking Man” (1957) as Butch, “The Comedy of Terrors” as Cleopatra (1964) and the sitcom “Our Miss Brooks” (1952-1958) as Minerva.

Orangey’s “dad” and trainer was none other than famed Hollywood animal wrangler Frank Inn. A protégé of Lassie trainer Rudd Weatherwax, Inn trained and owned numerous animal actors over his 50-year career including Higgins, the lovable mutt featured in the original “Benji” film.