Several readers sent me this item, which I thought was touching and also instructive: I didn’t know that Elizabeth Taylor (a great actress and perhaps the most beautiful woman in the history of Hollywood save Ava Gardner), was also a cat lover. The website Letters of Note includes a letter written by Taylor to her lost cat. The circumstances:
For two months in 1974, as Richard Burton filmed his part in The Klansman, he and his wife, Elizabeth Taylor, moved to California with Cassius, just one of Taylor’s many beloved cats. Sadly, the trip confused Cassius somewhat and he soon went missing, never to return. Taylor wrote the following letter some time after his disappearance.
Letter to my Lovely Lost Cat
I see you, my beauty boy, in the reflection of those shining black-brown rocks ahead of me. I see the green o’ thy eyes in every rained, sweated leaf shaking in my eyes.
I remember the sweet smell of your fur against my neck when I was deeply in trouble and how, somehow you made it better — you knew! You knew always when I hurt and you made comfort for me, as I did once for you when you were a broken kitten.
Anyway, I love you Cassius — and thank you for your beauty.
Please come back!
Liz et chat:
Birds annoying cats. Note how remarkably patient the cats are with animals that could, after all, be noms:
This cat, a boxing Siamese annoyed by a d*g, is not so patient. Man does that cat have a mean one-two punch!
h/t: Todd, Ginger, Amy, and another reader whose name I’ve forgotten (thanks!)