The Five Most Famous Cats
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5. Puss in Boots
Puss in Boots began life as a boot-wearing hero that used his feline wiles to gain wealth for his impoverished master in a collection of Mother Goose fairy tales published in 1697. He went on to become the star of a 1913 opera by Cesar Cui and made numerous film appearances, including a 1922 animated short by Walt Disney, a 1969 Japanese anime feature, and Antonio Banderas's character in the Shrek sequels.
Catwoman first appeared in the Batman comic book series in 1940 as an expert burglar with above-average agility. She's been portrayed by actresses such as Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt, and Michelle Pfieffer, all of whom remained fairly true to the original character's signature traits. But when Berry's character departed from the Batman story line, the claws came out.
3. The Cat in the Hat
The Cat in the Hat, a creation of children's author Dr. Seuss, attempts to entertain two children who are stuck inside on a rainy day. He wreaks a bit of havoc and upsets the family goldfish to no end, but all is well by the time Mother returns home. The black-and-white cat, with his signature red-and-white striped top hat and red bow tie, first appeared in the classic tale in 1957.
2. The Cheshire Cat
The Cheshire cat first appeared -- and disappeared -- in Lewis Carroll's children's story, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The cat pops in and out of Alice's adventure, often turning her innocent queries into philosophical discussions. But the scene that forever seals the Cheshire cat's place in history is when he makes the rest of his body gradually disappear, leaving only his smile behind, hence the phrase "grinning like a Cheshire cat" to describe someone with a mischievous grin.
A cat that eats lasagna? That would be Garfield, the star of the most widely syndicated comic strip in the world. Created by Jim Davis in 1978, Garfield now appears in more than 2,500 newspapers, as well as movies, TV specials, and video games. The pudgy orange-and-black feline is best known for his love of Italian food, his disdain for Mondays, and his constant tormenting of his canine pal, Odie.
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