James Dean

The Mutant King : a Biography

Author: David Dalton

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 155652398X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 361

View: 4570

This is the book that restarted the James Dean cult by celebrating him as the cool, defiant visionary of pop culture who made adolescence seem heroic instead of awkward and who defined the style of rock 'n' roll's politics of delinquency. The only book to fully show how deliberately and carefully Dean crafted his own image and performances, and the product of still unequalled research, vivid writing, intimate photographs, and profound meditation, James Dean: The Mutant King has become almost as legendary as its subject.

James Dean

The Biography

Author: Val Holley

Publisher: Robson Books Limited

ISBN: 9781861050083

Category: Motion picture actors and actresses

Page: 324

View: 2746

Boulevard of Broken Dreams

The Life, Times, and Legend of James Dean

Author: Paul Alexander

Publisher: Plume Books

ISBN: 9780452278400

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 3829

Explores the personal struggles of the powerful actor and explains how Dean's sexual ambivalence and hidden homosexuality affected his life and made him such a believable on-film rebel. Reprint.


The Life and Legend of James Dean

Author: Donald Spoto

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1461741661

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

View: 966

This authoritative biography of film icon James Dean offers a clear-eyed look at the actor who crossed America's cinematic landscape with the brilliance and brevity of a meteor.

The James Dean Story

A Myth-shattering Biography of an Icon

Author: Ronald Martinetti

Publisher: Birch Lane Press


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 190

View: 4063

Incorporates the intimate correspondence, revealed for the first time, of one of Dean's significant male lovers, along with never-before-published interviews with friends and associates, exposing the film idol's real affections, ambitions, and fears.

The Death of James Dean

Author: Warren N. Beath

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 080219611X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 393

Just before sunset on September 20, 1955, James Byron Dean's Porsche 550 Spyder collided with Donald Gene Turnupseed's Ford Tudor on California Highway 46. At age twenty-four, America's newest screen idol was dead. What really happened? Drawing on the inquest manuscript and other previously unpublished material, Warren Beath cuts through the welter of conflicting reports and rumors to provide a taut reconstruciton of Dean's final hours. In addition, Beath has explored every nook and cranny of the Dean legend, and his book is studded with fascinating asides: Elvis Presley's worship of Dean, Dean's strange friendship with Maila Nurmi; TV's Vampyra and star of the gloriously execrable Plan 9 From Outer Space; Hitchcock's use of Highway 46 in the famous crop-dusting scene in North by Northwest; death threats against Giant director George Stevens if he dared excise so much as a single frame of Deans' performance. Beath's definitive account of James Dean's death concludes with a memorable portrait of the James Dean cult, a strangely moving record of his posthumous life in the hearts of his adoring fans.

James Dean: Rebel Life

Author: John Howlett

Publisher: Plexus Publishing

ISBN: 0859658678

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

View: 5320

James Dean died in 1955. The star of three movies, he was aged just 24. Six decades later, the charismatic screen idol has lost none of his power to captivate. Revered by fresh generations of fans born years after his untimely death, the glamor of his limited but incandescent legacy of cinematic classics - East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant - will never fade. Drawn from extensive research and original interviews, James Dean: Rebel Life strips back the hype to reveal the man behind the myth. Filled with the testimonies of the actors, directors and ex-lovers who knew Dean best, and lavishly illustrated with candid photos (from boyhood up to Dean's untimely death) and sumptuous film stills, the book provides a uniquely personal insight into the life and times of Hollywood's tragic leading man - essential reading for fans of every generation.

LIFE James Dean

A Rebel's Life in Pictures

Author: The Editors of LIFE

Publisher: Time Inc. Books

ISBN: 1683305507

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 112

View: 8294

LIFE Magazine memorializes James Dean.

Real James Dean

Intimate Memories from Those Who Knew Him Best

Author: Peter Winkler,George Stevens

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1613734743

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 8546

In the decades following his death, many of those who knew James Dean best––actors, directors, friends, lovers (both men and women), photographers, and Hollywood columnists––shared stories of their first-person experiences with him in interviews and in the articles and autobiographies they wrote. Their recollections of Dean became lost in fragile back issues of movie magazines and newspapers and in out-of-print books that are extremely hard to find. Until now. The Real James Dean is the first book of its kind: a rich collection spanning six decades of writing in which many of the people whose lives were touched by Dean recall their indelible experiences with him in their own words. Here are the memorable personal accounts of Dean from his high school and college drama teachers; the girl he almost married; costars like Rock Hudson, Natalie Wood, Jim Backus, and Raymond Massey; directors Elia Kazan, Nicholas Ray, and George Stevens; entertainer Eartha Kitt; gossip queen Hedda Hopper; the passenger who accompanied Dean on his final, fatal road trip; and a host of his other friends and colleagues.

The Making of Rebel Without a Cause

Author: Douglas L. Rathgeb

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786419760

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 236

View: 5641

This work is a complete history of this classic American film, from idea to script to film. In 1954, troubled director Nicholas Ray chatted at a dinner party about his controversial plan for a film about middle-class juvenile delinquents. He was told of a book, written by a prison psychologist and owned by Warner Bros., called Rebel Without a Cause. Unimpressed after reading it, Ray began writing his own story. Warner Bros. quickly bought it and hired Ray to direct the film. From the backgrounds of the many players to the pre-production, production, and post-production of the film, the work covers every aspect of Rebel Without a Cause from its rudiments to the 1955 Oscars: the selection of cast and crew, legal fights, preparatory research, changing screenwriters and the many variations of the story, location scouting, auditions, the writing of the score, script readings, difficulties with the censors, romances and fights, shot-by-shot analyses of the directing, editing, screenings, and, of course, its star's death. Dozens of intimate anecdotes fill the work with every detail from wardrobe decisions to James Dean's pranks to the Air Pollution Control Board's opposition to the final car crashes. An epilogue discusses the possible sequels, rights conflicts, documentaries, musicals, and spin-off attempts, and offers concluding words on the cast and crew. Sources include production records, publicity releases, scripts, newspapers, and discussions with Stewart Stern. An appendix offers two unpublished letters from Stewart Stern to Nicholas Ray and to Marcus and Ortense Winslow.

James Dean

Author: George Perry

Publisher: Palazzo Editions Limited

ISBN: 9780956494276

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 239

View: 6513

Beginning with his upbringing in the Quaker community of Fairmount, Indiana to his tragic death on September 30, 1955 and the effects his departure had on the world, this is the only official book of the James Dean 50th anniversary celebration, written with assistance from the James Dean estate. Included are rare images and James Dean memorabilia, plus over 30 never-before-seen portraits from Dean family's private collection.

Surviving James Dean

Author: William Bast

Publisher: Barricade Books Incorporated


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 9260

A candid memoir about the television producer author's five-year relationship with the iconic Hollywood actor addresses speculations about Dean's sexuality as well as the lesser-known aspects of his personality.

The Rebel

An Imagined Life of James Dean

Author: Jack Dann

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780380978397

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 8882

A fictional tale that considers what might have happened if James Dean had survived his fatal 1955 car crash finds the cultural icon pursuing friendships with such figures as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Jack Kerouac, and Robert Kennedy before entering into politics. By the author of The Silent and The Memory Cathedral.

James Hutton and the History of Geology

Author: Dennis R. Dean

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801426667

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 303

View: 6704

In James Hutton and the History of Geology, Dennis R. Dean provides a more accurate and complete account of Hutton?s major geological writings than any that has hitherto appeared. He examines the growth and development of Hutton?s thought in the light of his training and experience in medicine, agriculture, and philosophy, locating him within the intellectual milieux of Edinburgh at the height of the Scottish Enlightenment.

The Unknown James Dean

Author: Robert Tanitch

Publisher: Pavilion Books

ISBN: 1849942498

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 300

View: 977

This biography, lavishly illustrated, traces Dean's development as an actor through his film work and numerous lesser-known roles in the theatre and television.

The unabridged James Dean

his life and legacy from A to Z

Author: Randall Riese

Publisher: Contemporary Books

ISBN: 9780809240616

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 590

View: 5171

Chronicles the life of the late actor in alphabetical format, with entries on people, places, and events in his life, and more

James Dean

a bio-bibliography

Author: David Hofstede

Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 146

View: 712

Though he appeared in only six films, James Dean is still frequently discussed some 30 years after his death in an accident at the age of 24. This book provides full production information, plot synopses, review excerpts, and critical commentary for Dean's roles in Fixed Bayonets (1951), Sailor Beware (1951), Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (1952), East of Eden (1955), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), and Giant (1956). It also details his stage, radio, and television work, and includes an extensive annotated bibliography.

James Dean

A Biography

Author: John Howlett

Publisher: Plexus Pub

ISBN: 9780859653633

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 176

View: 5816

James Dean died in 1955 at the age of 24, blazing out his position as the 'first American teenager' and destined forever to exemplify the spirit of rebellion and defiance. Five decades after his death, Dean is still revered as a cinematic icon. His film career lasted only sixteen months, but it produced three cinematic greats: East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant. The titles alone evoke epic visions and even now all three films retain their timeless appeal, constituting a three-part heroic poem on atomic age youth, its beauties and its frustrations.


Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film

Author: Don Graham

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466867973

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 336

View: 2828

A larger-than-life narrative of the making of the classic film, marking the rise of America as a superpower, the ascent of Hollywood celebrity, and the flowering of Texas culture as mythology. Featuring James Dean, Rock Hudson, and Elizabeth Taylor, Giant is an epic film of fame and materialism, based around the discovery of oil at Spindletop and the establishment of the King Ranch of south Texas. Isolating his star cast in the wilds of West Texas, director George Stevens brought together a volatile mix of egos, insecurities, sexual proclivities, and talent. Stevens knew he was overwhelmed with Hudson’s promiscuity, Taylor’s high diva-dom, and Dean’s egotistical eccentricity. Yet he coaxed performances out of them that made cinematic history, winning Stevens the Academy Award for Best Director and garnering nine other nominations, including a nomination for Best Actor for James Dean, who died before the film was finished. In this compelling and impeccably researched narrative history of the making of the film, Don Graham chronicles the stories of Stevens, whose trauma in World War II intensified his ambition to make films that would tell the story of America; Edna Ferber, a considerable literary celebrity, who meets her match in the imposing Robert Kleberg, proprietor of the vast King Ranch; and Glenn McCarthy, an American oil tycoon; and Errol Flynn lookalike with a taste for Hollywood. Drawing on archival sources Graham’s Giant is a comprehensive depiction of the film’s production showing readers how reality became fiction and fiction became cinema.