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James Dean Biography 

A Star is Born

Born during the Depression of the 1930's, James Dean's early life seems unaffected by the squalor that many who lived during this period of time experienced. Where entire families traveled across the country looking for any prospect of a job they could find, the Dean's were considerably stable. Winton Dean, Jimmy's father, worked for the governent as a dentist, first in Marion, Indiana (Jimmy's birthplace) and then in West Hollywood, California.

Jimmy's early years are significant in that his mother, Mildred, was alive and gave him the love and the dreams that would drive Jimmy for the rest of his life.

April, 1930 - Winton Dean and Mildred Wilson meet at a dance and begin dating.
July 26, 1930 - Winton and Mildred obtain a marriage licence and are married three days later by the Reverend Emma Payne. Mildred is three months pregnant.

February 8, 1931 - James Byron Dean is born at home in Green Gables Apartments, Marion, Indiana, US at 2:00 am weighing 8 pounds, 10 ounces. Cost of delivery, $15 US. Named after James Amick, chief dental officer at Marion Veteran's Hospital (where Winton worked) and Thomas Byron Vice, Winton's best friend. Astrological sign: Aquarius.

July 5, 1933 - Winton quits his position at Marion Veteran's Hospital and moves his family to Marcus and Ortense Dean Winslow's farm in Fairmount, Indiana, US. Raises bullfrogs. Shortly thereafter he moves the family back to Marion.

June 7, 1935 - Winton is transfered to Sawtelle Veteran's Hospital in West Los Angeles, California, US and moves the family to Santa Monica, California.

September, 1936 - Jimmy enrolls at the McKinley School. Jimmy takes violin and tap dancing lessons.
No Date - Mildred reads poetry and performs plays with Dean. At night they play the "wishing game." Dean writes a wish on a piece of paper, slips it under his pillow. Mildred sneaks in at night at tries to fulfill Dean's wish the next morning.


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Today In James Dean History

February 15, 1955
Jimmy attends the Fairmount High School Sweetheart's Ball, where he signs autographs and plays bongos with the band.

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Latest Poll (ends 2/19/01)
There are some biographers who question the relationship between James Dean and actress Pier Angeli. How would you characterize their relationship?
- I think it was important.
- I think it was just a fling.
- I don't think they had a relationship.
- Don't know.

(note: this poll is currently available to members of the James Dean mailing list.)

February 12, 2001
What will you be doing to celebrate James Dean's birthday this year?
- I'm heading to Fairmount!!! (0.00%)
- I'll be having a James Dean-athon at home (55.56%)
- Is it his birthday already??? (0.00%)
- Nothing. (44.44%)

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Great Romances of the 20th Century, James Dean and Pier Angeli

- Wed, Feb 21 @ 8:30p EST on Romance Classics
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- Wed, Feb 21 @ 1:55p EST on Showtime 2
- Tues, Feb 27 @ 6:05a EST on Cinemax

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