James Dean

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James Dean

James Dean was born on February 8, 1931, in Marion, Indiana.Dean's father left farming to become a dentist and moved the family to Santa Monica, California.Dean's mother, who he was very attached to, died of cancer, and Dean's father sent him back to Indiana. Dean graduated from high school and moved back to California. He studied law at Santa Monica College, and then transferred to University of California Los Angeles

February 8, 1931- Birth date of James Dean1930's - Great Depression1939-1945 - World War II1950-1953 - Korean War1954 - Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka1955- Rebel without a Cause starring James Dean and Disneyland opens for the first time September 30 1955- Date of Death

James Dean and Elvis were the spokesman for an entire generation. They desired rebellion, confrontation, and defiance of authority just for the sake of doing so. This attack of moral conventions was a new change for the youth, it was a beginning to the counterculture movement in the 1960's. James Dean started the whole youth movement.Almost overnight the effects of Dean's movies sent shock waves through the country as the view of what it meant to be cool was suddenly altered. Kids wore what he wore , they walked as he walked, they played the parts they saw him play. Suddenly, teenagers underwent transformations of mind-blowing proportions. In response to his movies, jeans, T-shirts, leather jackets, hairstyles and fast cars all became the popular trends of the day. The new measuring stick for men's success' with the women depended on how close they came to Dean's heartthrob image. His posters plastered the walls of teenage girls who still longed for their knight in shining armor. Dean was successful in reshaping the image of what that 'knight' was supposed to represent.

Accomplishments

*First and only actor to recieve an Academy Award award nomination twice, after his death.* Majored in Drama at UCLA* He was the first to speak to a generation of teenagers and young people as he broke through the 'perfect family' image that was in movies before Rebel Without A Cause and they felt they could identify with him.*Won a Golden Globe in 56' and 57'*Dean signs a contract with Warner Brothers

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Bio.© 2014 A+E Networks. All rights reserved.http://www.biography.com/people/james-dean-9268866© 1998-2008, The James Dean Gallery and Caravan Electronic Publishing.http://jamesdeangallery.com/dean.html

Rebel:James Dean

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EvidencePlace a video clip that shows how your personality challenged the conformity of the 1950s

Were the 1950's truly an Era of Consensus and Conformity.

ProblemsWas molested by his Minister two years after the death of his mother. This sparked controversy on Dean's sexual orientation.

"I think the one thing this picture shows that's new is the psychological disproportion of the kids' demands on the parents. Parents are often at fault, but the kids have some work to do, too""Trust amd belief are two prime considerations. You must not allow yourself to be opiniated."" The gratification comes in the doing, not in the results."

Why a Rebel?


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