Famous people really are just like us! And they always have been. Whether vintage actors or athletes or poets: They love their dogs.

Celebrities and Dogs

Natalie Wood and her silver poodle Morningstar, at home in Beverly Hills in 1960.

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Celebrities and Dogs

Gertrude Stein, right, and Alice B. Toklas walked their poodle, Baskets, in the French village of Culoz after the end of German occupation, 1945.

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Celebrities and Dogs

Baseball star Willie Mays walked with his poodle at the San Francisco airport, after his Giants left New York and moved west in 1958.

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Celebrities and Dogs

In 1956, Jayne Mansfield pondered the eternal question: why not just play with your dog?

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Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock, at home with his Sealyham terrier Mr. Jenkins in 1939, offered a title for this photo: “A Dislike of American Fireplaces.”

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Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen was woken by his malamute during a hunting trip in the Sierra Madre Mountains, 1963.

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Frank Sinatra checked in on Ringo in Palm Springs, 1965.

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Jimmy Stewart once read a poem about his dog on The Tonight Show.

Photo by Rex Hardy/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation

Celebrities and Dogs

Actress Bette Davis and her dog were wheeled about in her Beverly Hills backyard, 1939.

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Robert Frost

On this journey on a less-traveled road, poet Robert Frost chose not to walk alone.

Photo by Eric Schaal/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation

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