Marcus

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.

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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.

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