James Dean: Little Boy Lost

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He made only three movies - East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, and Giant - and became an international icon after his tragic death at the age of twenty-four. He was James Dean, and no one has told the real story of the man, the actor, the myth, as fully, as powerfully, and as intimately as the authors of James Dean: Little Boy Lost. This is the book drawn from extensive interviews with Dean's friends and colleagues, many of whom are speaking out for the first time...the book written by one of Dean's ...
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Overview

He made only three movies - East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, and Giant - and became an international icon after his tragic death at the age of twenty-four. He was James Dean, and no one has told the real story of the man, the actor, the myth, as fully, as powerfully, and as intimately as the authors of James Dean: Little Boy Lost. This is the book drawn from extensive interviews with Dean's friends and colleagues, many of whom are speaking out for the first time...the book written by one of Dean's confidants...the book that Joe Hyams, noted celebrity biographer, has held back from writing - until now. Who was James Byron Dean? After nearly four decades, many of the people who knew him best finally break their silence. To his friends - fellow actors like Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood, Dennis Hopper, and Julie Harris - he was both generous and mean-spirited, solitary and social, macho and feminine, wise for his years and incorrigibly adolescent. To directors like Elia Kazan, Nicholas Ray, and George Stevens, he could be guilelessly open to suggestion one moment, yet arrogant and impossible the next. Most of all, the compelling enigma known as James Dean lived life joyously, painfully, and without restraint, embodying like no one else the conflicts and passions that are part of young people everywhere. This book follows its fascinating subject from the Indiana farm where he spent an active but troubled boyhood, to the crucial, early training ground of the New York theater world, to his meteoric rise to international stardom in the movies. It shows how post-war Hollywood was still a charmed, leisurely community, yet one ripe for the explosive ascension of a dynamic new presence like James Dean. It reveals details never disclosed before of the making of his three landmark films. It candidly explores Dean's many love affairs and discusses with great insight the surprising truth about Dean's much-talked-about bisexuality. It exposes, as only an insider's book can
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781483025957
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/31/2014
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 817,147
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe Hyams
(1923–2008) was a columnist and bestselling author most known for his biographies of such Hollywood stars as Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, and Lauren
Bacall. Hyams became involved in the martial arts during his service in the US
Army, where he was frequently attacked for being Jewish. His years of studying with such figures as Bruce Lee and Ed Parker laid the groundwork for his 1979
book Zen in the Martial Arts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2004

    James Dean - Suprisingly Human

    James Dean little boy lost is an intimate and detailed biography on the life of Jimmy 'James' Dean. From beginning to end, February 8th 1931 to September 30th 1955, his life was full of excitement, and ups and downs. Until one day it all came to a tragic end on September 30th, 1955 when he got into a car accident.He died at the age of 24. Joe Hyams, the author, did a great job of making the reader feel like they knew James Dean personally. I liked how intimate and deep he went with his stories, and interviews of those who knew Dean personally. By the end of the book, I felt that James Dean was one of my personal good friends. When I read about his death, I was sad period. Its really cool when you can read a biography and feel like you grasped a part of a person Also I liked that James Dean did not seem like one of those cocky actors who would forget his past and live for the future. He knew better than that, he would'nt forget his past. He was just a down to earth guy, which made the novel an enjoyable read.

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