James Dean Dies in Car Crash
A rising star in Hollywood, James Dean’s death on September 30, 1955 was a shock to us all.
Dean was a rebel who took the nation by storm during the conservative 1950s. A New York Times article dismissed Dean as “an honor graduate of the black leather jacket and motorcycle school of acting and living it up.” Ironically, that’s exactly what appealed to his youthful following. Dean symbolized the frustration of teenagers everywhere.