Wednesday, 14 December 2011


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