Actor James Dean died in an automobile accident on September 30th 1955. He was speeding in his Porsche 550 Spyder on the way to Salinas, CA. At the time of his death only one of his 3 feature films had been seen by the general public, John Steinbeck’s film version of “East of Eden” directed by Elia Kazan (1955). “Rebel Without A Cause” (1955) directed by Nicholas Ray was to be released soon, and “Giant” (1956) had just been finished the week before.
With the release of “East of Eden” Dean was already a sensation. A new kind of hero, a heart throb for all the teenage girls and either a hero or competition to all of the teenaged boys.
Numerous books and more articles then can be counted have been written about James Dean, actor, movie star, cultural icon.
Dean would have been 80 years old next February.
Photo by Kozmicdogz, taken in Fairmont, Indiana, late 70s. All Rights Reserved, 2012.