Did you know that James Dean, timeless Hollywood icon, made only three movies in his career?
In 1956, James Dean was nominated for Best Leading Actor for his role in East of Eden, which made Dean the first person in history to receive an Academy Award nomination posthumously. In 1957, Dean was again nominated for Best Leading Actor, this time for his role in Giant. Dean remains the only person to receive two Academy Award nominations posthumously.
He was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history in 1955, ranked #33 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list in 1997, won the Bloom Award as “Best Newcomer” for early Broadway work in “The Immoralist”. Eagles penned a lyric about him that went: “Too fast to live, too young to die.”Was named #18 greatest actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends list by the American Film Institute.
Although already famous for his role in East of Eden, his death and the release of Rebel Without a Cause caused James Dean to soar to cult status. Immediately following the filming for Rebel Without a Cause, Dean played the lead role in Giant. (Both of these films were released after Dean’s death.) James Dean, only 24 years old, died in the crash.
On September 30, 1955, actor James Dean was driving his new Porsche 550 Spyder to an auto rally in Salinas, California when he was involved in a head-on collision with a 1950 Ford Tutor. James Dean was driving his new Porsche 550 Spyder to an auto rally in Salinas, California when the fatal accident occurred. Originally planning to tow the Porsche to the rally, Dean changed his mind at the last minute and decided to drive the Porsche instead. He was issued a speeding ticket only two hours and fifteen minutes before his fatal accident.
James Dean liked speed. In September 1955, Dean replaced his white Porsche 356 Super Speedster with a new, silver Porsche 550 Spyder. Dean had the car specialized by having the number “130” painted on both the front and back. Also painted on the back of the car was “Little Bastard,” Dean’s nickname given to him by Bill Hickman (Dean’s dialogue coach for Giant).
His trade mark: Rebellious, talented, sleepy eyes, his hair, impulsive emotional acting style, known for playing well-meaning but deeply troubled characters; The red jacket, white T-shirt and blue jeans from ” Rebel Without a Cause”.
His tastes in music were eclectic. He liked African Tribal music and Afro-Cuban music, as well as Bela Bartok, Igor Stravinsky, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra. His favorite song was Billie Holiday’s “When Your Lover Has Gone” and his favorite album was Sinatra’s “Songs for Young Lovers”.
“Only the gentle are ever really strong.”
“Gratification comes in the doing, not in the results.”
“Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.”
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