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Quotes About James Dean
Thursday, September 13, 2007

I love reading what other people talks about my fandoms, because my idols can't describe themselves as openly as their friends, and these are my especial favorite quotes about James Dean.

"He was very afraid of being hurt. He was afraid of opening up in case it was turned around and used against him."
-- Elizabeth Taylor

"I didn't know what to do. How do you tell an eight-year-old boy his mother's going to die? I tried. In my own stumbling way I tried to prepare Jim for it. Nowadays, he lives in a world we don't understand too well, the actor's world. We don't see too much of him. But he's a good boy, my Jim. A good boy, and I"m very proud of him. Not easy to understand, no sir. He's not easy to understand. But he's all man, and he'll make his mark. Mind you, my boy will make his mark."
-- Winton Dean in Modern Screen, August 1955

"He could look in a delicatessen window and suddenly start waving at a bowl of prunes, like they were alive. He was childish in a charming way."
-- Christine White
(If you look at his eyes, he had this child-like look that makes me fall in love all over again :D)

"He didn't show you very much. He'd challenge you to find him. Then when you'd found him, he'd still make you guess.
It was an endless game with him. The thing people missed about Jimmy was his mischievousness. He was the most constantly mischievous person I think I've ever met. Full of tricks, full of magic, full of outrageousness."
-- Stuart Stern

"When he was interested and participating, his energy was powerful. He had the greatest of intellectual qualities - curiosity about everything."
-- Roy Schatt

"He turned out to be a fascinating and intelligent young man who talked fluently about artists in music. And he was surprisingly knowledgeable about such recondite composers as Schönberg and Bartók."
-- Oscar Levant

"What I remember most about him was the little boy quality shining forth at you from behind those thick glasses of his, tearing at your heart. He had that extreme and touching idealism of youth which made you wish that he would never have to be disillusioned. Now he won't be."
-- Louella Parsons

"I have never seen an actor as dedicated, with the extreme concentration and exceptional imagination as James Dean. He could take the written imaginary circumstance and make it his own by improvising - lying on the ground in a fetal position playing with a wound-up toy monkey beating its cymbals, giggling while being searched in the police station because it tickled, standing up in a drunken daze making the sound of sirens with his arms outstretched, hitting his fists into the sergeant's desk, jumping off a diving board into a swimming pool with no water, or doing the voice of Mr. Magoo throughout the movie, which was the voice of Jim Backus, his father in Rebel - things that were not written on the page, things that were invented by the actor."
-- Dennis Hopper

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