In the early 1970s, actress Melanie Griffith lived with a pet lion named Neil. Her mother, actress Tippie Hedron, and stepfather, director Noel Marshall, were making a film about big cats when they decided to take him in and get to know him better. These photos first appeared in Life magazine, and captured what it was like for Neil to live with Hollywood royalty.
Here’s Griffith hanging out poolside with Neil.
Her mother even joins in on the fun!
And here he is taking a nap with Griffith.
Who needs a chair when you have a frickin’ lion to use as a cushion?!
And he doesn’t seem to mind!
When Hedron got hungry, Neil would walk with her to the fridge.
He even gets sleepy after he eats, just like us humans!
Neil even visited Marshall in his office.