The special kinship between cats and their lady owners goes deep into the annals of history — back to the days when oil paintings documented life, or even deeper, to the ancient days when sacred felines prowled about Egypt. The Metropolitan Museum of Art unveiled a new exhibition today titled “Balthus: Cats and Girls — Paintings and Provocations,” which further explores the theme, focusing specifically on the French artist’s fixation on the blurry period of life in which a girl blossoms from childhood to adolescence, and on his use of cats in many portraits.
To join in on the fun, we decided to compile a list of 50 fabulous ladies in entertainment — from animal activists to cat owners — who’ve fallen prey to felines over the decades. Click through the slideshow to see vintage photos of everyone from a young Grace Kelly to an ecstatic Mia Farrow to a big-haired Dolly Parton, all looking blissful while petting (or posing with) kittens. Also included: a shot of a blonde Zooey Deschanel, before she fulfilled her role as queen of “adorkable,” cradling a tiny kitten, and that one time Demi Moore befriended a stray kitten when she had a few too many Red Bulls.