Thursday, September 30, 2010

James Dean Died 55 Years Ago Today

James Dean was a handsome and charismatic actor in the early 1950's.  After taking drama classes at UCLA, he traveled to New York, where he lived in poverty while making the difficult climb from auditions and bit parts to become a celebrated actor, eventually starring in such films as "Rebel Without a Cause," "East of Eden" and "Giant."  He is probably most known as the brooding and troubled youth Jim Stark in "Rebel Without a Cause," where he starred along side Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo.

Dean was killed on September 30, 1955, when the Porsche Spyder he was driving struck another car that veered into his lane, colliding almost head on, near Cholame in central California.  Dean died on the way to the hospital.  He was 24 years old.

At the time of his death, Dean was driving to Salinas, California to participate in a sports car race.  Salinas is only a few miles from my home here in Hollister.

The accident abruptly ended the life of a brilliant talent with all of its promise of future accomplishment.

Hulu.com has a movie about the life of James Dean here.

25 comments:

kate said...

Ah ! Stogie ,James Dean ...... Ses photos étaient dans ma chambre de jeune fille , et puis plus tard dans la chambre de ma fille ...!Je pense aussi qu'il avait une grande souffrance en lui , sans doute la perte de sa maman si jeune , 9 ans je crois.....

Stogie said...

Kate says:
Ah, Stogie, James Dean! His photos were in my bedroom as a young girl, and later were in the bedroom of my daughter. I think that he [Dean]had great sorrow, no doubt because of the death of his mother at a young age, 9 I believe..

Kate, you are correct about his age at the time of his mother's death. James Dean went to live with his uncle and aunt in Indiana after that. He was a very pensive, spiritual young man, according to his relatives.

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