Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Lee Strasberg. While living in New York, Dean studied with Strasberg who started the 'method actor' movement. Other pupils of Strasberg included Dustin Hoffman, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Marilyn Monroe. Many say that without Dean and his acting ability there would have been no De Niro, Brando, Pacino or even Leonardo DiCaprio. Dean started the trend of the tough yet tender rebel.
A car crash. James Dean was driving his silver Porsche Spyder at sundown. He was speeding and hit another car head on. His car was nearly invisible due to the setting sun and the speed he was traveling. Both Dean's passenger and the driver of the other car survived. Ironically, Dean was stopped for speeding a half hour before the fatal crash. He died on September 30, 1955. Fairmount has a memorial weekend every year in September to honor Dean.
Indiana. James Dean grew up in, and is buried in, Fairmount, Indiana. Dean's chilhood home is not open to visitors, but there is also a James Dean museum in town. A bronze bust of Dean was stolen from the cemetery (twice!). There are lipstick prints all over his headstone. Jim Davis, the creator of 'Garfield' is also from Fairmount.
Lord George Gordon Byron. The poet Byron was his mother's favorite poet. James Byron Dean was born on February 8th 1931. Both Lord Byron and James Dean died tragically and at very young ages. James Dean was named after the attending physician at his birth, Dr. James Emmick - it was a difficult birth - James was born at home, and his mother named him after the physician in his honor. Some sources state that his middle name was selected by his father, as his father's best friend's name was Byron.
|Which character on 'Seinfeld' once lived with James Dean?||James Dean
Jerry' s mother. 'Jerry's mother' was played by Liz Sheridan, she went by Dizzy Sheridan at the time she lived with Jimmy.
|Who was driving the car that collided with Jimmy's Porsche on September 30, 1955?||James Dean
Donald Turnupseed. James DeWeerd was a mentor of his back in Indiana. Rolph Wutherich was in the car with him. John Gardner is one I made up, that would be my husband's name if the groom took the bride's name :)
|How old was Jimmy when his mother passed away?||James Dean
|In what profession was James Dean's father's occupation?||James Dean
Dentistry. His father was a dental assistant.
|Who gave James Dean a pet Siamese kitten shortly before his death?||James Dean
Elizabeth Taylor. He named the kitten Marcus (his uncle was Marcus Winslow and his son, Jimmy's cousin, was also Marcus Winslow). He also had a horse named 'Cisco').
On September 29th, 1955 (the day before the car crash) he left the cat with his actress-friend, Jeanette Miller, as he was going to a car race in Salinas, California.
|Contrary to popular belief, the red jacket worn by James in "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955) was NOT a leather jacket. It was a what?||James Dean Forever
East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, Giant.
'Songs for Young Lovers'. Frank Sinatra's album, 'Songs for Young Lovers', was James' favorite album and Billy Holiday's song, 'When Your Lover Has Gone' was his favorite song. This information is courtesy of jamesdean.com !
'Little Bastard'. It was painted by the 'King of Kustomizers', George Barris.
|What was the license plate number to the Porsche 500 Spyder that James lost his life in?||The Life of James Dean
2Z77767. In most pictures you can see it. Other facts about the car are that 90 of these were made but only 78 were released to the public, it also was a 1954 Porsche Spyder and the serial number was 550-0055 and the engine number was 90059. Thanks to rebeljamesdean.homestead.com!
June 1996. He was included in the 'Legends of Hollywood' series.
33. James was ranked number 33 in the October 1997 issue of 'Empire' magazine.
The physician who delivered him. James was named after the attending physician, James Emmick, and his middle name (Byron), after the poet Lord Byron.
|True or False: James is one of only five actors to receive an Academy award for his second screen appearance?||The Life of James Dean
False . Although he was nominated for "East of Eden" in 1955, he didn't win.
Safe driving. We know he received a speeding ticket just minutes before his fatal car crash, but he also had completed a commercial on safe driving.
basketball. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and playing guard on the high school basketball team. He also attended Santa Monica City College, majoring in pre-law. He transferred the following year to the University of California, Los Angeles, pledging Sigma Nu fraternity.
Brentwood Public School. He entered the first grade in 1937 at the Brentwood Public School. He took violin lessons and although he got teased by his friends, he was very good at it.
1955. James died in a road accident in Paso Robles, California.
Pier Angeli. They were supposedly going to be married, but were stopped by Pier's mother who didn't want her daughter married to someone who was not Catholic.
There are also assertions that the relationship between Dean and Angeli was a cover for Dean's lifestyle.
|James was given a speeding ticket a little more than two hours before he died. True or false?||All About James Dean
T. Two hours and fifteen minutes before he was killed, James was issued a speeding ticket.
|James was nominated for an Academy Award for "East of Eden" and what other movie?||All About James Dean
Giant. James was the first actor to receive an Academy Award posthumously for "East of Eden", although he didn't win.
Jim. James's played "Jim Stark" in "Rebel without a Cause" which was released in 1955.