- Size: 16 x 12 inches
Take a closer look at the James Dean Tin Sign.
The Nine Chris Consani Posters bundled in a set (pictured above) would be the ideal way to get a jump on your own collection. If you aren’t familiar with Consani’s work, let me assure you this – they are pure joy and unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
This set would be a gorgeous way to bring the fun of the Golden Age of Hollywood into your own home – they’d also make pretty darn amazing gift ideas for other fans of Marilyn, Humphrey, James, and Elvis.
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The rare James Dean Bobblehead shown here is a limited edition collectible.
He’s available on Amazon – just click through the picture or link for more information.
I would love, love, love to cover our Christmas tree with stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood, as well as characters from Classic TV. The only problem is, a lifetime of Christmas ornament collecting already produces a very full Christmas tree.
The only option is clear… a second tree! I have the spot picked out – right next to my computer desk. This way I can look at my beloved stars of yesterday as I work all day. Problem solved.
The Carlton Cards Heirloom James Dean Christmas Ornament, above, is just the sort of ornament I’m talking about.
Fans of James Dean will want this ornament (as well as the one below). We have to act fast, though, there aren’t many left! Click throgh the image or the link above for more information.
You’ll also want to check out the James Dean Christmas ornament below. This one is the Carlton Cards 10th Anniversary Heirloom Collection James Dean Ornament… and remember how I said fans need to act SOON? There’s only one of these left in stock on Amazon! This one’s obviously a collector’s dream come true.
I came across this great quote by Johnny Depp about James Dean:
“I started out as a guitarist in the early Eighties. I hooked up with a guy who idolized James Dean and he gave me a copy of the Dean biography, ‘The Mutant King’, which I thought was really interesting. While reading the book, I watched Rebel Without a Cause (1955), and I thought, ‘Wow, this guy really has something’, and I was hooked. I wasn’t really into acting at the time – but James Dean was the catalyst.”
One of today’s greatest giving props to one of yesterday’s greatest. I thought that was worth repeating.
“The trouble with me is that I’m just dog tired. Everybody hates me and thinks I’m a heel. They say I’ve gone to Hollywood, but honestly I’m just the same as when I didn’t have a dime. I’m tired. I went into “Giant” immediately after a long hard schedule in “Rebel”. Maybe I’d better just go away.” – James Dean
As soon as Giant was wrapped up, James Dean was anxious to get back to one of his greatest loves, racing. His “Giant” contract kept him from race tracks – so the minute he was free and clear, he set off for the race track in Salinas.
He gave “Marcus” (the cat who was a gift from Elizabeth Taylor) to an ex-girlfriend to watch for him until he returned.
Tragically, he never did.
“You know what a crazy life I lead. I just figured, you never know….I might never come home. Then what would happen to Marcus?” – James Dean
On September 30, 1955, James and Rolf Wutherich (a friend and mechanic), took off for Salinas in Dean’s 170 mph Porsche, while Sandy Roth and another friend came along behind in Jimmy’s station wagon.
Near Bakersfield, he was given a speeding ticket. The officer claims to have told him to slow down or he’d never reach Salinas alive.
Toward sunset, James Dean’s car collided at an intersection with a 23 year old college student’s. No one knows exactly whose fault the accident was – but most agree that Dean was probably driving too fast. The other driver, due to the failing light of sunset as well as Dean’s speed apparently never saw the Porsche until it was too late.
Rolf Wutherich was thrown clear, the other driver suffered no injuries, but James Dean, who’s neck had been broken, was dead within minutes.
“That guy’s GOT to see us.” – James Dean’s last words
“I don’t want to burn myself out….I’ve made three pictures in the last two years.” – James Dean
“Giant” was James Dean’s first Hollywood epic. He received equal billing with heavyweights Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor. Liz, who was very fond of Dean, gave him a kitten (“Marcus”) as a gift. However, the director, George Stevens, and James didn’t see eye to eye. (Elizabeth Taylor apparently wasn’t fond of Stevens either.) To even further complicate matters, Rock and James never really hit it off.
“Stevens has been horrible. I sat there for three days, made up and ready to work at 9:00 every morning. By 6:00 I hadn’t had a scene or a rehearsal. I sat there like a bump on a log watching that hog lumpy Rock Hudson making love to Liz Taylor. I’m not going to take it any more.” – James Dean
“(James Dean) was sulky and had no manners.” – Rock Hudson
Around this time, James began a hot and heavy affair with Ursula Andress. The two seemed to fight almost constantly, prompting one paper to report that Dean was learning German so he and Andress could carry on their quarrels in two languages.
“What the hell would she have in common with a poor farm boy? If it weren’t that I was up there on the screen, her and people like her wouldn’t give me the time of day.”
“We fight like cats and dogs – no, on second thought, like two monsters. But then we make up and it’s fun. Ursula doesn’t take any baloney from me and I don’t take any baloney from her. I guess it’s because we are both egotistical.” – James Dean
“Those chairs (in agent’s offices) are made scientifically so that in exactly 11 minutes your backside begins to hurt. But I beat the average. First I sit on one half of my fanny, then on the other. They don’t get rid of me until my 22 minutes are up. But I’m beginning to take the shape of those chairs. Maybe that’s the shape of my destiny. ” – James Dean
James Dean didn’t make a lot of friends in Hollywood, due to his need to “test” people by behaving just as badly as possible around them. Director Elia Kazan, however became something of a father figure to him. He wasn’t blind to Jimmy’s faults, however, and even nicknamed him “Creep”.
In “East of Eden”, Dean’s first film, he played a rebellious character named Cal. The similarities between James and Cal amazed Kazan, who was the film’s director.
“I can’t divert into being a social human being when I’m working on a hero like Cal, who’s essentially demonic.” – James Dean
His co-stars were Julie Harris, and Raymond Massey. Julie, an actress who was known for her sweet nature, knew (better than most) how to deal with the difficult young actor. Raymond Massey (who played James’ father), however hadn’t a clue what to make of him.
“You never know what he’s going to do!” – Raymond Massey (about Dean)
Even though the majority of the cast and crew shared Massey’s sentiments rather than those of Julie Harris or Elia Kazan, the time spent filming East of Eden was probably the happiest of James Dean’s life. He must have felt, for the first time, that he was part of a large family.
After filming was finished, Julie Harris went to his dressing room to say good-bye. She found him on the floor crying and saying, “It’s all over. It’s all over.”
Ironically, when the film opened in New York, with Marilyn Monroe, no less, handing out programs, he stayed away.
“I don’t even want to be just the best. I want to grow so tall that nobody can reach me.” – James Dean
When James Dean died at the unbelievably young age of 24, only one of his films had ever been seen by the public (East of Eden). His second film, Rebel Without a Cause, was released within days of his death.
There’s nothing quite like watching a movie from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Whether it’s a Musical, Western, Comedy, Romance, or Drama – if it’s on, I’m not too far away… with popcorn in hand and a cat in my lap.
Below are a few Old Hollywood movie reviews I’ve done on the blog. There are, as you’d imagine, a lot more to come. – Joi (“Joy”)
We’re in the Money (Joan Blondell, Glenda Farrell)
The Naked Spur (James Stewart, Janet Leigh)
The Prince and the Showgirl (Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier)
The White Sister (Helen Hayes, Clark Gable)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Howard Keel, Jane Powell, Russ Tamblyn, Julie Newmar)
Rio Bravo (John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson, Ricky Nelson, Walter Brennan)
El Dorado (John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, James Caan, Charlene Holt,Michele Carey)
Rio Grande (John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara)
More in the works….