James Dean: The Kid on the Lot

“I can remember the first time that I saw James Dean. I was driving on the Warner Bros. lot and saw this tousled-haired kid sitting on the ground, outside the sound stage. It was unusual, as one never saw anyone sitting on the lot like that. Later, my agent said while I was working there, to go over and take a few pictures on the set of a little film called Rebel Without a Cause. He mentioned there was a new actor from Broadway playing opposite Natalie Wood, and it might be good to have a few shots of him.

This was the kid sitting in the sun. No one could have guessed then that this ‘little film’ would make him such a legend, or how tragically soon his life would be snuffed out.”

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