James Dean: Rebel with a Cause
On September 30, 1955, a budding movie star who had just completed a rigorous schedule that included three films, set out on a trip to participate in a sports-car race in Salinas, California. James Dean never made it to his destination. Instead, Dean’s silver Porsche 550 Spyder was hit head-on by another motorist. Dean, the actor from Fairmount, Indiana, had died. Dean, the legend, was born. In this third volume of the IHS Press’s Indiana Biography Series, Wes, D. Gehring takes a fresh look at Dean’s life, exploring the actor’s early days growing up on a farm in Fairmount to his struggle for success as an actor in television and on Broadway to his meteoric rise to fame in Hollywood.
Hardcover. 303 pages. 2005, Indiana Historical Society Press. By Wes D. Gehring.