Saturday, March 23, 2013

Indiana State Museum-James Dean Exhibit

"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."  James Dean

Recently, I was privileged to attend a field trip with my oldest child, Hannah, at the Indiana State Museum.  One of the featured exhibits was a tribute to James Dean.  While it was not the most visual exhibits, it still gave you a sense of the life of James Dean.

James Dean was born James Byron Dean on February 8, 1931, in Marion, Indiana.  His father was a farmer who later became a dentist and moved the family to California.  After moving to California, his mother died of cancer a few years later and then Dean was sent back to live with his Quaker aunt and uncle in Indiana.  After graduating high school, he moved back to California, where he started studying law but changed it to theater.

Dean only made three movies before his tragic death at the age of 24, in 1955.  (Ironically, he did a PSA about safe driving before his fatal accident.) He did some theater acting, but  East of Eden, Rebel Without A Cause, and Giant, were his only film credits. He was nominated for an Oscar for Giant posthumously.

Below are his boots and jacket he wore and a Studebaker he purchased early on in his career.

If you are in the Indianapolis area, you can visit the ISA.  Visit  for more information.  The exhibit ends June 3.  Now, I think I'm going to grab some popcorn and watch one of Dean's movies!!

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