James Dean


One of the many enduring stars to emerge from the 1950s, James Dean appeared in only three films before his death in 1955: East of Eden (1955), Rebel without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956). The latter two films earned him Oscar nominations, and today he remains one of the screen’s most famous personifications of troubled adolescence and raw emotional power. 

Featuring highlights from the Margaret Herrick Library.


Rebel without a Cause
Rebel in Poland
Variety review of Rebel
Director Nicholas Ray
Porsche 356 Speedster
Support from Hedda
with director Nicholas Ray
promotional shot
James Dean and Natalie Wood
Behind the scenes
atop the Griffith Observatory
Locations for Rebel
Production Code revisions
School board reaction
wardrobe test shot
Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean
Hedda Hopper's radio statement
“The Ballad of James Dean"