Tell me I'm the wild one.

James Dean in his apartment on West 68th Street, New York City, 1955.

Jimmy was extraordinarily intuitive and inventive, and he had an immediate connection with his whole emotional being. He was extremely quick to absorb things, and he was always hungry for information. He could also practicalize things which stayed impractical for other performers, things about the method, for example, which he was able to simplify for himself. He understood the concept that “acting is doing,” and he never worried about excessive emotional preparation. He might, for example, prepare by doing multiplication tables. By sixteens, say. How much is 16 times 16? How much is 16 times 17? Something that would force him to be intensely focused on a specific problem which might have absolutely nothing to do with his character’s problems but which would give him the results he wanted without straining for the result. - Stewart Stern

James Dean at the premier of Sabrina, 1954.

From the beginning of his career as a New York television actor, Jimmy received enthusiastic responses, even for his earliest roles. “You should read some of the letters I got,” he told Bill Gunn, “from old ladies watching television. They tell me about how they want me to wear tighter pants. They have this television club of ladies from fifty to seventy-five and they sit there checking the cats out, then write these dirty letters. Its really hard to believe.”

James Dean photographed by Phil Stern outside Schwab’s Drugstore, Hollywood, May 1955.

James Dean photographed by Dennis Stock, 1955.

James Dean photographed by Dennis Stock at the Sweethearts Ball at his old high school.

His face is so desolate and lonely and strange. And there are moments when you say, “Oh, God, he’s so handsome. What’s being lost here! What goodness is being lost here!” - Elia Kazan

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