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James Dean (February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955) was a wildly popular American actor. He is fondly remembered as a cultural icon of teenage rebellion, as expressed in the title of his most popular movie, Rebel Without a Cause (1955). Unfortunately, James Dean prematurely lost his life in a car crash at the tender age of only 24, cementing his status as a true Hollywood legend.
James Dean’s Personal Autobiography
I, James Byron Dean, was born February 8, 1931, Marion, Indiana. My parents, Winton Dean and Mildred Dean, formerly Mildred Wilson, and myself existed in the state of Indiana until I was six years of age. Dad’s work with the government caused a change, so Dad as a dental mechanic was transferred to California. There we lived, until the fourth year. Mom became ill and passed out of my life at the age of nine. I never knew the reason for Mom’s death; in fact, it still preys on my mind. I had always lived such a talented life. I studied violin, played in concerts, tap-danced on theatre stages, but most of all, I like art, to mold and create things with my hands. I came back to Indiana to live with my uncle. I lost the dancing and violin, but not the art. I think my life will be devoted to art and dramatics. And there are so many different fields of art it would be hard to foul-up, and if I did, there are so many different things to do–farm, sports, science, geology, coaching, teaching music. I got it, and I know if I better myself that there will be no match. A fellow must have confidence. When living in California my young eyes experienced many things. It was also my luck to make three visiting trips to Indiana, going and coming a different route each time. I have been in almost every state west of Indiana. I remember all. My hobby, or what I do in my spare time, is motorcycle. I know a lot about them mechanically, and I love to ride. I have been in a few races and have done well. I own a small cycle myself. When I’m not doing that, I’m usually engaged in athletics, the heartbeat of every American boy. As one strives to make a goal in a game, there should be a goal in this crazy world for all of us. I hope I know where mine is, anyway. I’m after it. I don’t mind telling you, Mr. Dubois – this is the hardest subject to write about considering the information one knows of himself, I ever attempted.
“My Case Study” to Roland Dubois,
Fairmount High School Principal, 1948