On this day in 1955, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama was awarded to “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” by playwright Tennessee Williams. The judging committee, comprised of four critics and one academic, had always been subject to override by the Pulitzer organization—and, in this instance, Joseph Pulitzer, Jr. lobbied hard on behalf of Tennessee Williams. The Broadway production, which had opened a few weeks earlier, was directed by Elia Kazan and starred Barbara BelGeddes (Maggie), Ben Gazarra (Brick) and Burl Ives (Big Daddy). A movie starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman was released in 1958—with much of the dialog and subject matter redacted.
The cat above—crouched, ready to pounce—is made of brass finished with a verdigris bronze patina. Please click on the photo to learn more about it.
And, perhaps this would make a nice Mother's Day gift? After all, "Big Momma" is one of the characters in the Tennessee Williams play!
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