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James Dean 50th anniversary

Sat Oct 01, 2005 4:26 am

I thought it shouldn't go unmentioned that today (30th Sept) marks the 50th anniversary of the great James Dean's untimely death.

The BBC marked the occasion with a new documentary, which was nicely done. A short clip of this features here: ... 722463.stm

His official site also discusses many events that have taken place over the past week

R.I.P Jimmy


Sat Oct 01, 2005 5:28 am

TJ - Thanks for posting this!! I was wondering if anyone would. GREAT picture!!! Thanks! That is the famous red jacket from Rebel, isn't it? I loved Rebel (well, I loved all 3: Rebel, Giant, East of Eden). The official James Dean site had a broadcast today, and you can have it repeated if you go there. Also, they unveiled a new sign on the road where Jim died in his Porsche. He was too young to go; just like Elvis was too young to go. What a loss!!

I see you mentioned the broadcast. Guess I read over your post too fast. Actually, I was waiting for the picture to download. It came on REALLY slowly.
Last edited by Silver on Sat Oct 01, 2005 5:30 am, edited 1 time in total.

Sat Oct 01, 2005 5:28 am

It staggers the mind to think what could have been.


Sat Oct 01, 2005 6:26 am

silver wrote:[b] That is the famous red jacket from Rebel, isn't it? I loved Rebel (well, I loved all 3: Rebel, Giant, East of Eden). .

Yes, perhaps the most iconic jacket of the 20th century. I made the trip to Griffiths Park observatory about 12 years ago to see the Rebel locations. It looks exactly the same as it did in 1955!! A cool experience :-)

Sat Oct 01, 2005 7:54 am

I got this from the Dean website:
"Jim Dean and Elvis were the spokesmen for an entire generation. When I was in acting school in New York, years ago, there was a saying that if Marlon Brando changed the way people acted, then James Dean changed the way people lived. He was the greatest actor who ever lived. He was simply a genius."
-- Martin Sheen

And, Elvis was the genius who changed music and the culture; the greatest singer that ever lived!

Unfortunately, they are changing Griffith Park Observatory! A lot of people objected, but what can you do when they have the money?

Sat Oct 01, 2005 1:28 pm

TJ -

Yes, James Dean was just as much a part of the rock 'n' roll revolution as Elvis.

And without singing a note !

Sat Oct 01, 2005 3:26 pm

I saw two documentaries on TV. Insightful material, tastefully done.
No rumors, just facts. Unlike some "tributes" to EP. ... ebel.shtml