Today in History
September 30, 1955
James Dean: A Rebel Forever
James Dean, a 24-year-old movie idol, dies in a head-on collision while driving his Porsche sports car to an auto rally in California. He becomes a symbol of youth and rebellion for his roles in East of Eden, released just months before his death, and the posthumously released Rebel Without a Cause. He receives two Academy award nominations after his death. His early demise elevated Dean to cult status, and for more than a half century he has been the image of misunderstood, disaffected youth.
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