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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Homeless Rebel Without A Cause

James Dean was born on February 8, 1931, in Marion, Indiana. He starred in the film adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel East of Eden, for which he received an Oscar nomination. His next starring role, in Rebel Without a Cause, made him into the embodiment of the troubled youth generation. Shortly after completing work on the film Giant, Dean was killed in a car crash September 30, 1955 and quickly became an enduring film icon.

Before he was famous, Dean would sleep in his car if he couldn’t afford rent.  He was what is known today as “mobile homeless.”  Although well on his way to stardom near the time of his death, he was still known for his grassroots lifestyle and humility.  To the dismay of some well-kept Hollywood socialites, while shooting the film Giant, Dean wore the same shirt for two weeks straight without washing it!
Shortly before his death, he is quoted as saying:  “I am trying to find the courage to be tender in my life. I know that violent people are weak people. Only the gentle are ever really strong.” -  James Dean.
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