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The James Dean Story
A legend in his lifetime, James Dean became a cult hero after his death at age 24. Was he the monumental talent some claimed? Or a spoiled and petulant troublemaker? Ronald Martinetti interviewed hundreds of Dean's peers and family members for this no-punches-pulled biography revealing hitherto unknown facts about the actor. Illustrated with photos, some previously unpubli ...more
(first published 1995)
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Jan 09, 2015 Jeff rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Pop Culture of the 1950's.
Recommended to Jeff by: Discovered it on my own.
1st Read: September 22, 1998 - September 30, 1998
I knew who James Dean was, as in recognizing him from film and photos in books and magazines. There is quite a lot of depth in this book to who he was as a person by those who knew him best. It is an enjoyable read that you could complete in a few hours at only 185 pages. There are also quite a few black and white photo's in the central portion of the book as well.
It does shatter myths. He really did want success, fame, money. Was a serious actor yet could play the PR game and talk your ear off when he wanted. Not a death wish but a stupid, unfortunate traffic accident that these days would result in vehicular manslaughter charges brought upon the other driver. One point I had a problem with was they left out Eartha Kitt, who was a close friend from New York days. Otherwise, THE best Dean book I've read because it gets rid of BS myths that have been float ...more