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5:45 p.m. September 30, 1955, a young man died, and a legend was born when a Porsche Spyder was struck by a Ford Sedan at an intersection. Driving to Salinas on his way to participate in a race, 24-year-old James Dean did not survive the collision.

Already rising to fame, the tragic passing of James Dean catapulted him to posthumous superstardom. He appeared in three films in a little over a year, though only one had hit the big screen before his death.

“There is no simple explanation for why he has come to mean so much to so many people today. Perhaps it is because, in his acting, he had the intuitive talent for expressing the hopes and fears that are a part of all young people… In some movie magic way, he managed to dramatize brilliantly the questions every young person in every generation must resolve,” said
Joe Hyms in his biography Little Boy Lost.

Born in Marion, Indiana and raised there after his mother’s passing, Dean was the embodiment of the All-American boy and personification of restless American youth. His life and death inspired countless films. They say legends never die. His lives in the hearts of many and continues on through the silver screen.

The James of Hollywood received its moniker as a tribute the many famous James’ involved in the Hollywood scene. Here, legends live on forever; steeped into the walls and the rich history.

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