Do you think Jimmy would have wanted children? I mean, I'm under the impression he liked them, but do you think he would have wanted any of his own? (Sorry if you answered this already!)
I think he would have LOVED having children. I think he would rather have waited until later to have them since he was all about traveling, racing, and other crazy hobbies. He adored children, for sure, and every bio I have read there is someone new who talks about how much he connected so well with their children. I think he would have felt he could fill that void he always had without his mother by maybe having his own kids :)
Hi ! :) i have some questions i want to ask you : When did you "met" James Dean ? and Do you know a good biography about our jimmy ? SIGNED : theperfectrebel
Well, I was supposed to watch “Rebel..” was discussed in a book for one of my film classes in college and I really wanted to see it. I finally saw it last year and….well here I am.
If you are looking for a good, easy read, bit of emotional and pretty well accurate bio, I suggest David Dalton’s “The Mutant King”. The other great one is “James Dean: The Biography” by Val Holley, which is tremendously detailed (to the extent that he has info on some of Dean’s pay stubs and whatnot…). They are both good reads and have great quotes, pictures, and insight as well :)
You can’t have Valentines Week without some BFF’s, is all I’m sayin’. Because of his desire to become successful and his vast interest in people, Jimmy had a ridiculous amount of friends and acquaintances. He was moody, unpredictable, emotional, and fast but there were some pretty great people who stood by him and accepted him. Bill Bast, Christine White, Bill Hickman, Roy Schatt, Dennis Hopper, & Julie Harris are just a few friends Dean really confided in.
It’s BUD’S day, mmmk?
"But ya gotta have friends!" (I sang that out loud as I typed it like a cool kid)
if you could live in any james dean movie, which character would you be? between Judy, Abra, & Leslie?
This is such a great question! And I’ve been waiting to vent, because I have a problem with all of these girls. Ahem.
ABRA: You are engaged, for crying out loud! It’s gotta be tough to be enaged to someone with such a hot brother, but come on. And when Aaron leaves on the train, she’s just kind of like.. “yeah okay bye”. BUT. She cared about them both, and truly understands where Cal is coming from. For that, she’s alright with me. Also, “lunch” scene, are you kidding me.
JUDY: Your boyfriend JUST. DIED. and you are talking about being in love with Jim Stark. 15 is a hard year, but for real, girl. She tells him she loves him, and he responds with “Well I’m glad”. Kind of like a “ditto” (circa “Ghost”). But they had a cute little teenage fling, which is always lovely. Is it odd that I would rather be his mother (Ann Doran) if not only because I hope that my son is just like Jim Stark?…eh…
LESLIE: The strongest of all the Dean girls. Jett is ridiculously adorable and loving toward her, but she remains dedicated to her husband. Though I respect that….he’s mother effing JETT RINK. You know they should have hooked up…
That being said…even though nothing happened between L&J…I look up to and adore Leslie Benedict. Lovely person. Family woman. And Jett Rink loved her so…
James Dean met Pier Angeli on the Warner Brothers lot in 1954 while he was filming East of Eden and she was working on Silver Chalice. They were so incredibly involved in each others lives from the very start, visiting each other’s set, spending off time together, etc. Everyone could see how much in love they were, even (and unfortunately…) Pier’s mother, who completely disapproved of their romance. He was, afterall, not Catholic, and she had already vigorously disapproved of Piers relationship with Kirk Douglas just months prior. Regardless, James and Pier snuck around and saw each other as much as possible. Piers mother found out about this, complained to Jack Warner (of Warner Brothers), had her phone number changed, and did whatever else to separate the two. Of course, regardless of her efforts to keep them apart, Jimmy and Pier continued to see each other. The tension caused by Piers mother’s disspproval continued to escalate. Kazan, who moved into the trailer next door to Jimmy’s to keep tabs on him, claimed that even though he could sometimes hear them making love, he more often heard them arguing. Some say that Jimmy had a habbit of “beating up” or mishandling girlfriends (especially after a few drinks) when in a heated argument. However, somewhere along the line, Piers mother let off and they began to date and attend public events together. Jimmy made a trip back to New York to work on a TV show, which is when their relationship seemed to make the dramatic turn. Their arguing continued, they dated other people while away, and love seemed to fade. Pier met Vic Damone once again (they had met previously in Italy in 1952), and a relationship blossomed. The night before the announcement, Pier contacted Jimmy and told him she was engaged to Damone. He was clearly devastated, but it was already done. November 24, 1954, Pier Angeli married Vic Damone. Rumor has it that Jimmy waited outside the church, and once Pier and Vic exited for pictures, he roared up his motorcycle and raced off.
For months afterward, Jimmy and Pier kept in contact. He missed her terribly, bringing her up in many conversations with friends, and continued to try and keep in contact with her. She came to his house and informed him that she had become pregnant just a few months prior, which, for a while, he had claimed was his own doing. Jimmy tried to get over Pier by dating others (such as Lili Kardell and Ursula Andress), but close friends say he never really got over her. Pier gave birth to her son Perry just 10 months after Vic Damone proposed to her. She divorced Damone just 4 years later. She married again, but that marriage only lasted 7 years.
On September 10, 1971, at age 39, Pier Angeli died in her home of a barbiturate overdose. In a letter to a friend just before her death, Pier said “…My love died at the wheel of a Porsche. It’s now been 17 years that I’ve been lonely, desperately lonely. I want to find peace and be free and finally be with my father and Jimmy again.”
I believe that James Dean truley loved Pier Angeli, and she in return. Their affair was short, but incredibly emotional and involved. She had issues of her own, as did he, but he clearly felt she understood and loved him unconditionally. I think their love was slightly toxic, but there is no doubt that it was strong and very real! They were beautiful, in love, and should have had babies.
Here’s to a couple that was truely in love! I only hope they are together now.