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02/04/14 @ 09:25pm
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James Dean
Joe Hyams
Little Boy Lost
First off, I wanted to tell you I really love your blog. ^_^ I have just recently joined the ranks of Jimmy fans and went to my local library in search of biographies, but the George Perry one was checked out so I got the only other one, 'Little Boy Lost.' I know this isn't really one of the best, so I was wondering if there are any disclaimers I should keep in mind while reading it since it's the first one I've read. You know how these books can be... Thank you in advance for any advice! <3

I’m so excited for you, you have no idea. haha!

Anyways, “Little Boy Lost” by Joe Hyams is a pretty good read, though I do remember some discrepancies throughout the book. It’s good in that Joe Hyams actually knew and hung around James Dean as he was a columnist back in the 50’s. That being said…remember they were not extremely close and that Joe Hyams wrote for magazines and newspapers. He has a lot of great memories and stories of their time together, but it’s certain biographical parts of this book that don’t coincide with other well written and researched biographies. I read it about a year ago but I do remember saying “whaaaaaat??….that’s not right.” on some topics like his father and his sexuality. It’s still a good book to read if you are a Dean fan because there are a lot of good personal stories, but if you want a good biography, I definitely suggest  ”James Dean: The Mutant King” by David Dalton and “James Dean: The Biography” by Val Holley!

Let me know what you think!!

Enjoy not having a life because that’s what happens when you get to know this guy!

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01/04/14 @ 11:11am
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James Dean
Dennis Stock
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29/03/14 @ 12:01pm
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James Dean
behind the scenes
Rebel Without A Cause
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28/03/14 @ 08:14pm
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Eartha Kitt
Dennis Stock
John Gilmore


Eartha Kitt and James Dean photographed taking dancing lessons by Dennis Stock, c. 1955

“He sensed moments in Eartha’s performances when it seemed to him that everything she knew was fused directly into the moment, even things having nothing to do with her performing, he thought translated directly into one energy force-a magic connection.” He says: “Jimmy was convinced that Eartha had ‘special powers’ and knowledge she could deliver to him by some kind of osmosis…”
-John Gilmore

James Dean photographed by Dennis Stock, in Fairmount, Indiana, 1955.

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@ 08:11pm
Have you seen the James Dean movie with James Franco ? If so what did you think ? :)

Yes I have! I thought it was good…but I think it’s just difficult to get an entire James Dean bio in one movie. There were a lot of great important parts of his life included but there were also many left out, as well as important relationships with people he knew. Again, you would really need a mini series (who would NOT watch that??) or do what Anton Corbijn is doing and make a film based on one part or relationship in his life.

But you should watch it if you haven’t already!

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@ 08:50am

"What I remember most about him was the little boy quality shining forth at you from behind those thick glasses of his, tearing at your heart. He had that extreme and touching idealism of youth which made you wish that he would never have to be disillusioned. Now he won’t be." -Louella Parsons

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26/03/14 @ 08:57am
One of the best blogs i've seen about JD. He will live forever :)

Thanks so much, that’s very sweet :) Viva JD!

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@ 08:56am
Aren't those last pictures of Jimmy driving just before he crashed and died so strange, scary and incredilbly sad to look at ? My god, these are his last moments/minutes before his heart stop beating ... I don't know about you, but I get teary-eyed each and every time I look at them :-( !!!

You know, I usually don’t even post those photos (and I definitely have not posted the photos of the crash site itself) because they are so sad. It’s kind if a bitter-sweet thing that we are able to see photos of him right before his death —we get to see him happy and excited but we also know that’s all there was. OKAY time to stop now.

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25/03/14 @ 03:17pm
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Sanford Roth


James Dean ( 02/08/1931 – 09/30/1955 )

photographed by Sanford Roth the day of September 30, 1955

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@ 03:13pm
Thank you so much for the follow! I love you're blog it's one of my favorites it's an honor to get a follow from you :) have am awesome jamestastic day :D

Well, I mean your blog name says it all! Those two, amiright?? :) No problem and you too!

James Dean and Barbara Baxley on the set of East of Eden.

James Dean and Barbara Baxley on the set of East of Eden.

I can’t think of another actor who acquired stardom so quickly, who held it for such a short time, and then kept it for such a long time. James Dean became a star in one calendar year, and then he left us. But he’s still being talked about, he’s still being revered, he’s still being iconized forty years later. I don’t think there’s another example like it in the entire history of movies.” -Leonard Maltin, movie critic

Have you seen the James Dean inspired picture of Justin Bieber on his instagram ? What do you think ? Do you think he's like a modern day Jimmy ?

The night before that photo became such a big deal, a friend of mine sent me that photo knowing I would be pissed.

Here’s the thing…
I was asked a few years ago the same question when people were comparing Justin to Dean then. I said that though I didn’t think Justin was ANYTHING like Dean, it was always good to see people INSPIRED by him.

NOW however, with all of the crap Justin is going through and the embarrassing way he presents himself, it’s clear he’s not inspired by Dean at all and instead wants to attempt to make some kind of “cool” portrayal of himself. 

The thing is…JAMES DEAN DID THAT WITHOUT TRYING. Photo’s of Dean looking that way are often candid or so obviously coming from something within inside of himself. James Dean’s “rebellion” is very often confused with idea that rebellion means driving fast cars, smoking who-knows-what and getting in trouble with the law. Unfortunately, that’s how so many people see James Dean, and therefor will compare themselves, or be compared to him.

People would be so much better off if they had ANY idea of who James Dean really was and continues to be. Dammit, JUSTIN, GET OUT.

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@ 11:35am
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Winton Dean
Hi, my name is David, I live about hour away from Fairmount where james dean is buried, I've meet marcus few times, and I go every year to festival they have.I've never asked his cousin marcus question, why didn't anyone or did anyone try or ask for interview with Jimmys dad who lived pretty long, just recently passed away few years ago,, my question to you is, do you know if anyone did or tried? I know marcus mention to me that his dads last few years he did loss his memory, thks David

Hi David! I’ve been to Fairmount just once and hope to go there again this summer! Good to know another fan…especially one who lives so close!

Your question about Winton is a very good one. There really are not many interviews with him at all. The main quote out there was before his death when he said:

"I didn’t know what to do. How do you tell an eight-year-old boy his mother’s going to die? I tried. In my own stumbling way I tried to prepare Jim for it. Nowadays, he lives in a world we don’t understand too well, the actor’s world. We don’t see too much of him. But he’s a good boy, my Jim. A good boy, and I"m very proud of him. Not easy to understand, no sir. He’s not easy to understand. But he’s all man, and he’ll make his mark. Mind you,my boy will make his mark.”

I would suppose that not only did the media not really think to interview his father as much as the family he had lived his childhood with, but that Winton was a private man. He supported his son as much as he could in his mind, but he was never really supportive of his sons decision to get into acting (even in the above quote he expresses the “actor’s world” as separate from reality.) Because of that my guess would be that he really didn’t want to be involved in the media. He didn’t have the strongest relationship with his son while he was alive so to suddenly become involved and start talking about Jimmy’s life might have made him seem attention hungry, if that makes sense. 

The Dean’s and Winston’s are a small town, ordinary Midwest family who raised an extraordinary boy. They are quiet talkers and hard workers, and so perhaps Winton just continued his life as he had always lived it. Marcus was young, in public photo’s with Jimmy and now takes care of his estate so of course we see and hear of him more.

This was a long response…haha

I know that didn’t give a direct answer to your question, but those are my thoughts based on what I know about their relationship. Hope to see ya in Fairmount!