Thursday, 7 April 2011
James Dean is 80!
If James Dean was still alive he would be 80 years old. He died in 1955 aged 24. Born James Byron Dean in Indiana in 1931, he was orphaned at age 11 and suffered at the hands of a local pastor. James Dean only ever made three films - East of Eden in 1956, Rebel Without a Cause with Sal Mineo in 1957 and then Giant with Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor. He received two Oscar nominations for his work in Rebel Without A Cause and Giant.
James Dean was killed in a car crash. He was driving to Salinas in California to race his new Porsche 550 Spyder when he swerved off the road and died instantly. He became the symbol of a generation and an icon to rebellion. Buddy Holly once said, " Death can be a great career move."