As filming of Giant came to an end in September of 1955, Elizabeth Taylor gave co-star James Dean a Siamese kitten that he named Marcus. A week later, Dean travelled to Salinas to race his Porsche; en route, he died in a car crash. The night before he left — September 28th — he gave the following list of instructions, and Marcus, to a friend.

Transcript follows. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions.


1 teaspoon white Karo

1 big can evaporated milk

equal part boiled water or

distilled water

1 egg yoke

mix and chill

Don’t feed him meat or formula cold.

1 drop vitamen solution per day

Take Marcus to Dr. Cooper

on Melrose for shots

next week

via Lists of Note.

One comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.