James Dean at 80

James Dean starred in only three major films – Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden, and Giant – before perishing in a car accident on Route 466, near Cholame, California in September 1955. (A free documentary covers that.) A star died at 24. Meanwhile, a legend forever embodying youth was born.

Jimmy Dean would have turned 80 today. Amazing to say it. And, to mark the occasion, we’re featuring a slide show showcasing the photography and voice of Dennis Stock, the Magnum photographer who took many iconic photos of Dean, including Dean’s famous walk through a rainy Times Square with a cigarette propped in mouth and hands in pockets. Stock’s images shaped Dean’s public persona, and the work you’re seeing here figures into a more comprehensive presentation of Stock’s oeuvre on the Magnum website.

PS Today is also Jules Verne’s 183rd birthday. If you’re looking for his classics – Around the World in 80 Days or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – you can find them in our Free Audio Books and Free eBooks collections.

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