They're cute. They're loyal. They can keep a secret. No, we're not referring to Hollywood's hip, young assistants. We're talking about a celebrity's other best friend: their pet. For years, furry backstage buddies have had all-access passes on the set with their owner or are sometimes stars in their own right. We're featuring some of the cuddliest behind-the-scenes visitors throughout the years.
About as Old Hollywood as it gets. In this backstage photo from Torch Song, Joan Crawford enjoys a massage, a drink and a visit from her poodle Cliquot.
Little Women (1949)
"July," who played Aunt March's French poodle in 1949's Little Women, was obviously a much-loved member of the cast. Here she is getting her makeup done with June Allyson, who portrayed Jo March.
This adorable Boston terrier is working hard for his treats. Or is he? Look! He's cheating and balancing on his tail! Red Skelton doesn't seem to mind! Behind the scenes of 1944's Bathing Beauty.
This soulful-eyed sheepdog was known as "Paul Anka" on Gilmore Girls. Despite the rather silly name (for a dog, of course!) he sure commands nothing but respect in that director's chair!
We want to know the story of the Corgi hanging out on the set of L.A. Confidential as much you do.
Finally some cats! That's what the internet is here for, right? Elizabeth Taylor chats with Butterfield 8 director Daniel Mann while a Siamese kitten makes itself at home on her lap.
The Crimson Pirate
In what can only be described as paradise, The Crimson Pirate director Robert Siodmak and his wife relax behind-the-scenes in Naples, Italy with two teeny kittens keeping them company.
Where Eagles Dare
Richard Burton's little Pekingese friend handles the snow and cold quite ably, thank you very much. The pup visits the location shoot of Where Eagles Dare in 1968.
Hey, some people are bird people! On the set of Citizen Kane.
Home from the Hill
Director Vincente Minnelli takes five with his four-legged companion on the set of the 1960 drama Home From the Hill.
Life Begins for Andy Hardy
Chou Chou the poodle enjoys a relaxing moment with Judy Garland behind-the-scenes of Life Begins for Andy Hardy.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
While cast and crew from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (that's Clint Eastwood in the green t-shirt) take a break, this good-natured Hollywood bulldog continues to smile. He obviously knows there's a camera around!
A Clockwork Orange
Stanley Kubrick often brought his cats on set with him. Here one enjoys a good scratch behind-the-ears during the filming of A Clockwork Orange.
Audrey Totter and a scene-stealing kitten, visit Clark Gable on the set of 1948's war drama Command Decision.
Wait Until Dark
Audrey Hepburn poses for a picture with her beloved Yorkshire Terrier, Assam of Assam, behind-the-scenes of the 1967 thriller Wait Until Dark.
The Great Sinner
Scruffy little Cocotte, The Great Sinner director Robert Siodmak's dog, prepares to get her hair done by makeup artist Bernice Maggard. To see more of the pup's on-the-set adventures, click on the title!
Please Don't Eat the Daisies
Animal lover Doris Day runs her lines with co-star Hobo on the set of Please Don't Eat the Daisies. Today Ms. Day has dedicated her life to working with animals and has founded The Doris Day Animal League and The Doris Day Animal Foundation.
Best Foot Forward
Stylish Lucille Ball delights a small dog as it jumps for joy behind the scenes of Best Foot Forward. In the film Lucille played the role she was born to play - herself!
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Because Paul Newman wasn't already handsome enough - he had to go and nuzzle a small dog. Seen here with co-star Elizabeth Taylor during the filming of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
The Tender Trap
Frank Sinatra was quite bonded with co-star Butch, the Skye terrier who appeared in 1955's The Tender Trap. To see more of Frank and Butch's antics, visit the title page and click through the photos!
Author and screenwriter Stephen King poses with General the cat, star of 1985's Cat's Eye, who doesn't look nearly so tough when he's not battling trolls in the middle of the night.
A boy and his dog. Tarek Sharif who played young Yuri Zhivago waits between takes with another young pup on the set of the Ocar-winning Doctor Zhivago.
Walter Pidgeon pals it up with two sleek sporting dogs on the set of 1942's Mrs. Miniver. The film won the Oscar for "Best Picture" and Pidgeon was nominated for "Best Actor" for his role as Clem Miniver.
A wholesome Jane Powell and a satin-bowed kitten get to know one another. To see more behind-the-scenes animals of Luxury Liner click over to the title page!
If Elvis looks slightly bewildered by his wallaby, it's because he was. The marsupial was a surprise gift from booking agent Lee Gordon. After a brief (and unsuccessful) training session, the little kangaroo was given a more proper home at the Memphis Zoo.
Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford hangs out behind-the-scenes with some canine pals during the making of season two episode "The Goodbye."
This little lab puppy only has eyes for Clint Eastwood and the feeling seems to be mutual. On location of Kelly's Heroes.
They Were Expendable
Taking a break from the rather grim subject matter of They Were Expendable, Jack Stoney and Robert Montgomery spend some downtime with a little black cat.
A Tale of Two Cities
Elizabeth Allan, who portrayed Lucie Manette in the 1935 adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities, poses as pretty as a picture with her German Shepherd.
The Music Man
As if there were any doubt who REALLY runs the show! The Music Man director Morton Da Costa and actress Shirley Jones let these dogs walk all over them!
On the Town
The gang's all here! Vera-Ellen takes her lunch break with canine and feline friends during the filming of On the Town. Keeps the gossip to a minimum!
The Rain People
Director Francis Ford Coppola - and rabbit - on the set of The Rain People.
Rumor Has It
Shirley MacLaine and Kevin Costner get some company between takes while shooting Rumor Has It.