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Photography || JAMES DEAN: THE ACCIDENTAL ICON ©

ACTORS ’50s

So much has been written about James Dean, and his influence looms so large over movies and over popular cultural in general, that it’s always jarring to be reminded that at the time of his death, at the preposterously young age of 24, he had starred in only three films — one of which hadn’t even been released when he died in a car crash on September 30, 1955.

James Dean, New York City, 1955.

James Dean, New York City, 1955.

And yet, as iconic an actor and star as Dean has become, much of the public’s view of the brooding young man from Indiana was, in fact, formed not by his utterly singular onscreen presence in GiantEast of Eden or even Rebel Without a Cause, but by a series of remarkable pictures made in early ’55 by the great photographer Dennis Stock.

James Dean in his apartment on West 68th Street, New York City, 1955.

James Dean in his apartment on West 68th Street, New York City, 1955.

In his wonderful 2005 book James Dean: Fifty Years Ago, Stock writes of trying to get the rapidly rising actor, whom he barely knew, to agree to let the photographer chronicle Dean’s return to both New York and Indiana from his new home in Los Angeles.

James Dean in his apartment on West 68th Street, New York City, 1955.

James Dean in his apartment on West 68th Street, New York City, 1955.

“The story, as I explained it [to Jimmy],” Stock wrote, “was to reveal the environments that affected and shaped the unique character of James Byron Dean. We felt a trip to his hometown, Fairmount, Indiana, and to New York, the place of his professional beginnings, would best reveal those influences…. I would solicit an assignment guarantee to cover expenses. The obvious magazine to approach was LIFE…. It took only a week for LIFE to approve the assignment.”

James Dean, New York City, 1955.

James Dean, New York City, 1955.

The photographs that Stock produced during his time with Dean captured an introspective, intensely self-analyzing (and occasionally self-absorbed) artist — albeit one who could, at times, also be self-deprecating almost to the point of parody.

James Dean attending dance classes given by Katherine Dunham, New York City, 1955.

James Dean attending dance classes given by Katherine Dunham, New York City, 1955.

LIFE, meanwhile, ran a number of the pictures in its March 7, 1955, issue, under the headline, “Moody New Star.” East of Eden was about to open. Rebel had already made Dean a household name. Less than six months later, the phenomenally talented, category-defying actor would be dead — and would pass into legend.

James Dean with the great Geraldine Page in her dressing room, New York City, 1955.

James Dean with the great Geraldine Page in her dressing room, New York City, 1955.

Here, LIFE.com remembers the too-short life and brilliant, violently truncated career of a true Hollywood original, as seen through the lens of a brilliant photographer, and asks: What would it have felt like?

James Dean with a friend at Jerry's Bar, in front of the Ziegfeld Theater on 54th Street, New York City, 1955.

James Dean with a friend at Jerry’s Bar, in front of the Ziegfeld Theater on 54th Street, New York City, 1955.

What would it have felt like to receive one’s weekly issue of LIFE magazine in the mail in, say, a small town in New Mexico, or New Hampshire — or in Boston or Chicago or Miami, for that matter — what would it have felt like to open it up, and encounter in its pages that startling shot of a haunted-looking Dean, cigarette in his mouth, stalking through Times Square in the rain? There’s a kind of desolate romance in that picture — a bracing, bleak solitude that evokes the story of every young, driven, sensitive, creative person who has ever moved to a city to pursue a dream.

James Dean poses in a casket in a funeral parlor in Fairmount, Indiana, in 1955, seven months before he died.

James Dean poses in a casket in a funeral parlor in Fairmount, Indiana, in 1955, seven months before he died.

What did it feel like to see that picture, for the very first time, long before the man in the raincoat with the inscrutable, lopsided grin had become something far larger than a mere movie star?

James Dean in the Fairmount, Indiana, cemetery in 1955, where he found the grave of one of his ancestors with the same same name of the character, Cal, he played in East of Eden.

James Dean in the Fairmount, Indiana, cemetery in 1955, where he found the grave of one of his ancestors with the same same name of the character, Cal, he played in East of Eden.

It’s difficult — in fact, it’s close to impossible — to address any photographs of note that have been around for decades and see them, really see them, as if looking at them for the first time. But if we’re able to suspend for even a brief moment all we’ve come to know of James Dean, or all we think we know of James Dean, then these pictures offer more than just a diversion, or a reminder of what was lost when Dean was killed in that car wreck six decades ago. They offer us a chance to experience the jolt that must have raced through countless readers in the late winter of 1955, as they gazed at Stock’s portraits of this strange, beautiful, thrilling young star, all the while knowing, knowing, that he would be with them, starring in movies, for years and years to come.

James Dean, with his cousin Markie (on the right), who lived on a nearby farm in Fairmount, Indiana 1955.

James Dean, with his cousin Markie (on the right), who lived on a nearby farm in Fairmount, Indiana 1955.

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Rep Confirms to Life & Style: Sarah Michelle Gellar Gives Birth to a Son ©

Sarah Michelle Gellar and her hubby Freddie Prinze, Jr. welcome their second child. The CW

Sarah Michelle Gellar and her hubby Freddie Prinze, Jr. welcome their second child.
The CW

Sarah Michelle Gellar has given birth to her first son!

The star welcomed a baby boy, her rep confirms to Life & Style.

“Sarah and husband Freddie Prinze Jr. gave birth to a son in Los Angeles last week,” the rep tells Life & Style.

“It’s the greatest thing that ever happened to me,” the actress has said about motherhood.

This is the second child for Sarah and Freddie, whose daughter, Charlotte Grace, turned 3 this month.

The couple first met while filming 1997’s I Know What You Did Last Summer. Though they didn’t rev up a romance straight away, they began dating three years later and tied the knot in September 2002.

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He wore pyjamas to meeting, only eats animals he’s killed himself … Inside the fascinating world of Facebook’s founder

Usual rules do not apply when your company will float on the stock exchange for the first time this Friday with a valuation of £62billion    

Got the t-shirt: He addresses businessmen in Cannes

Got the t-shirt: He addresses businessmen in Cannes

Wandering into the great financial houses of Wall Street in a hoodie this week, it’s a wonder Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t thrown out by security.

Pin-striped suits and expensive tailored shirts are the usual uniform here.

And when curly-haired Facebook founder Zuckerberg turned up to promote the social network site’s shares flotation in a black-hooded top, jeans and trainers, billionaire investors looked on in astonishment.

Wall Street just about got used to the finance whizzkids of the 1980s wearing red braces yet nothing could have prepared them for this.

But usual rules do not apply when you’re one of the world’s youngest chief executives, whose company will float on the stock exchange for the first time this Friday with a valuation of £62billion.

That makes it worth more than McDonald’s or Goldman Sachs, although investors still weren’t impressed with how he dressed.

One top stockmarket analyst said: “I think that’s a mark of immaturity.”

Zuckerberg, who turned 28 on Monday, was also voted one of the world’s worst-dressed men by magazine GQ.

Laptop lapdog: On the computer with his pet

Laptop lapdog: On the computer with his pet

But there is method in his fashion madness – his trademark hoodie is in fact a piece of Facebook merchandise and displays in grey the three logos for “friend requests”, “messages” and “notifications”.

It’s not just his dress sense which is seen as slightly out of the ordinary, though.

He carries two business cards, one simply stating his lofty position as company “CEO” but another, for less formal occasions, which reads “I’m CEO…b*tch!”

At work at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, California, Zuckerberg has no office and instead holds court among accountants, engineers and internet gurus at a messy desk in the middle of the huge room.

But he also rubs shoulders with America’s rich and famous, including President Obama, pop star Katy Perry and rapper Snoop Dogg.

And on one wacky day, a grey-haired man burst into the HQ surrounded by an entourage.

He was the oldest in the room by 20 years and the only one wearing a suit.

Marching up to Zuckerberg he introduced himself as Robert Mueller, director of the FBI.

Scruffy: With girlfriend Priscilla Chan

Scruffy: With girlfriend Priscilla Chan

They shook hands and chatted about nothing for a couple of minutes and then Mueller promptly left.

One worker said: “There was a giddy silence while everybody just looked at one another as if to say, ‘What the hell just happened?’”

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of internet entrepreneur Zuckerberg, who has almost single-handedly destroyed the productivity of workplaces around the world.

Yet he has a powerful work ethic.

When Facebook was in its early days, he and his co-founders and their small team worked relentlessly on the new project.

One employee remembers him refusing to let others out for a bite to eat, crying: “‘No! We’re in lockdown! No one leaves until we’re done with this thing.”

But when the tight group partied, they did it hard.

A zip wire was even fixed from a chimney to the ground so partygoers could drop into the pool from above.

Upload pic: With Snoop Dogg and entrepreneur Sean Parker

Upload pic: With Snoop Dogg and entrepreneur Sean Parker

And the landlord had to send a letter of complaint asking him not to throw furniture into the pool or walk on the roof.

Annoyed at the treatment of a pal by a venture capital firm looking to invest in Facebook, Zuckerberg turned up at a meeting in his pyjamas, with a PowerPoint computer presentation listing the top 10 reasons they shouldn’t invest.

He is devoted to his Chinese-American girlfriend Priscilla Chan and in 2011 spent Christmas with her riding a buffalo in Vietnam.

It is one of the few country’s in the world to block his social network site – and he then posted pictures of it on his own Facebook page.

The couple have been dating since their college days at Harvard, after meeting at a party while waiting in a toilet queue. Priscilla later said she thought

Zuckerberg was “this nerdy guy who was just a little bit out there”.

But despite all his bizarre quirks and oddities, he is already worth a staggering £10billion.

And he is in charge of a company which has connected 900 million people – almost one seventh of the Earth’s population – through a simple idea conceived in a dormitory of Harvard University.

But it was only last May he treated himself to a £7million five-bedroom house in Palo Alto, California, a handy 10- minute commute to the office.

Poke: Katy Perry points the way on a visit to Facebook

Poke: Katy Perry points the way on a visit to Facebook

Until then, despite his enormous wealth, the computer genius had been living in a relatively modest two-storey house on a street neighbours described as “absolutely average”.

No Ferrari, Porsche or Bugatti Veyron for him. Instead he went for a basic Nissan Infiniti, and nicknamed it The Warthog.

Tyler Winklevoss, one half of the Harvard and Oxford rowing twins who successfully sued Zuckerberg for millions claiming he stole the idea for Facebook from them, once said: “He’s the poorest rich person I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Each year, though, he sets himself a new challenge.

Bizarre as it may seem, given the way he turned up on Wall Street this week, in 2009 he decided to wear a tie for a year.

For 2010, he announced he’d be learning Chinese. “Some members of my girlfriend’s family only speak Chinese and I wanted to be able to talk to them,” he said.

“I blocked out an hour every day to study and it has been an amazing experience so far.”

In January, 2011, he wrote on his own Facebook page “Became a vegetarian”, writing that he only want to, “eat meat if I kill the animal myself.

“The reason for this is that I feel lucky for having such a great life”.

New home: He's finally upgraded from his former modest house

New home: He’s finally upgraded from his former modest house

Zuckerberg, who owns a dog called Beast, wanted to feel more “connected” to the food he eats and the “animals that give their lives so I can eat them”.

The statement was “liked” by 25,168 of his 13 million Facebook page followers, and every wall post he writes gets around 300 comments.

The famously frugal tycoon has since killed chickens, a pig and a goat as part of his personal crusade for more responsible eating.

He said his first kill was a lobster, which he had to throw into a pot of boiling water.

Now he is telling friends he is interested in trying hunting.

A chef who showed Zuckerberg how to kill animals in the most humane way said: “He cut the throat of the goat with a knife, which is the most kind way to do it.”

Having slaughtered the animals, they are sent to a butcher, who then cuts them into parts and returns them to Zuckerberg and Priscilla to cook and eat.

For one recent meal, he reportedly ate a chicken, including the heart and liver, and used the feet to make a stock.

A photo of the chicken and the dishes he made from it were put on Facebook.

But for all his eccentricity, he’s definitely a trend setter.

In his honour, Australian fashion firm Betabrand has just released an “executive pinstripe hoodie” nicknamed The Zuck.

[mirror.co.uk]

      

 

Exclusive: Simon Helberg, Wife Jocelyn Towne Welcome Baby Daughter Adeline

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Simon Helberg and Jocelyn Towne arrive at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Simon Helberg and Jocelyn Towne arrive at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Big Bang baby! 

PHOTOS: Hollywood dads on duty

Simon Helberg and his wife Jocelyn Towne welcomed daughter Adeline on May 8, Helberg’s rep confirms to Us Weekly exclusively.

This is the first child for The Big Bang Theory star and his actress/writer/director wife. “The family is thrilled,” a source says. “Simon is excited to be a father — he’s been doing his reading.”

PHOTOS: New star dads

Helberg, 31, met Towne in Los Angeles, Calif. and they married in 2007.

The season finale of The Big Bang Theory aired Thursday and Helberg’s character (Howard Wolowitz) married Bernadette Rostenkowski (played byMelissa Rauch) and he was launched into outer space!

PHOTOS: Star dads’ personal baby photos

“It seems like it built up pretty evenly and naturally,” Helberg toldEntertainment Weekly of the big finale episode. “You start to see, wait a second, even though he’s married, the dynamic has not completely shifted yet. He’s not grown up. He’s still with his mother. He still needs these guys to hang out with. And now you’re going to get this whole view of what married life is like, which I think is a kind of fascinating thing to put into this show about young nerds.”

usmagazine.com


Charlize Theron: “I Can’t Remember” Life Before Motherhood

CELEBRITY MOMS 

Charlize Theron and baby Jackson on May 8, 2012. Credit: AKM-GSI

Charlize Theron and baby Jackson on May 8, 2012.
Credit: AKM-GSI

When Charlize Theron adopted a baby boy named Jackson in March, her entire world changed.

“It’s strangely everything that you’ve hoped for and it feels so right. I don’t know how else to say it,” Theron told E! News over the weekend while promoting her new film, Snow White and the Huntsman, in London. “I feel like I can’t remember anything prior to him. I feel like it was always just meant to be what it is.”

PHOTOS: Charlize Theron’s hottest looks ever

The single star celebrated her first Mother’s Day overseas. “My mom and Jacks are here with me. We had a nice morning. He got to spend a little time with me and he got to have a little snuggle,” Theron, 36, revealed. “I’m going to see them later tonight. It’s really nice to have him here.”

Theron — who hasn’t been in a serious relationship since ending her nine-year partnership with Stuart Townsend in 2010 — is amazed by how quickly her bond with Jackson began.

PHOTOS: More stars who have adopted

“It’s an overwhelming sensation of love,” Theron gushed. “There’s almost a moment where I feel like I can’t remember anything prior to him. I feel like it was always just meant to be what it is. Everyday I’m just like, ‘It’s not possible to love you more,’ and then 20 minutes later you’re like, ‘Oh my god! How is this possible?'”

PHOTOS: Celebrity moms on the go

The Prometheus actress “has always wanted to be a mom,” a Theron source recently told Us Weekly. “She is glad to be able to do it on her own now and is so happy to be a mom.”

usmagazine.com


Paint the town blue: Amazing pictures as 100,000 turn out for City’s Premier League trophy parade

“I’m still in a bit of shock, we all are,” said James Milner

Blue moon rising: players and fans celebrate in style

Blue moon rising: players and fans celebrate in style

Ecstatic Manchester City players hailed their fans yesterday for turning out to celebrate – and for their backing throughout the season.

Around 100,000 lined the streets for the ­champions’ victory parade and City keeper Joe Hart said: “Sunday was an ­incredible day but the support we’ve seen here on the streets almost matches it. The fans are brilliant.

“I’m just going to enjoy today as much as I can and then we’ll begin again next season.

Gareth Barry added: “Days like these are why we came to City and it’s just fantastic. Our fans have always been amazing and they’re showing it here today. I’ve memories I’ll treasure for the rest of my career.”

Vincent Kompany lifts the trophy for the second time in two days

Vincent Kompany lifts the trophy for the second time in two days

James Milner was also overwhelmed – and yet to come to terms with being a title-winner.

“I’m still in a bit of shock, we all are,” he said.

“It’s still hard to believe we were 2-1 down going into injury time so it’s going to take a while to sink in.”

Boss Roberto Mancini had the final word: “I love our supporters – they’re incredible and that’s who we won it for.”

‘RIP Fergie’: Watch video of Carlos Tevez’s controversial banner held up during Manchester City bus parade

General view of Manchester City fans gathering in Albert Square before the parade

General view of Manchester City fans gathering in Albert Square before the parade

Manchester City fans wear shirts displaying the messages "Champions" and "Noisy Neighbour" as they look on in front of Manchester Town Hall

Manchester City fans wear shirts displaying the messages “Champions” and “Noisy Neighbour” as they look on in front of Manchester Town Hall

Fans gather as players and staff of Manchester City prepare to parade the English Premier League Trophy through the city centre from an open-top bus

Fans gather as players and staff of Manchester City prepare to parade the English Premier League Trophy through the city centre from an open-top bus

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Exclusive:Jessie Wallace falls for ex-crack addict: EastEnders star gets over wedding day split agony with new love Tim Arnold

Exclusive, The EastEnders star has emerged from the gloom with a smile on her face after finding romance with Tim Arnold

Smacker: Jessie and Tim share a kiss

Smacker: Jessie and Tim share a kiss

there were those who thought she’d never recover from the humiliation of her wedding day split from Vince Morse.

But Jessie Wallace has emerged from the gloom with a smile on her face after finding romance with former crack addict Tim Arnold.

And friends say she is head over heels in love with the musician, who nearly died while blowing £500 a week on drug binges.

A pal of the EastEnders star, who dumped Vince, 50, after he sent steamy pictures of her to an ex-girlfriend, said: “It’s early days but you can see how much she’s into him.

“He is a thoroughly decent bloke, too, so it’s a great match.”

The 40-year-old actress has become inseparable from Tim, 36, since they met at the Soap Awards last month.

Romance: Out and about in London

Romance: Out and about in London

He is the godson of Walford veteran June Brown (Dot Cotton) and son of co-star Polly Perkins who plays Dot’s sister Rose in the BBC show.

Jessie was spotted at his flat in Central London on Sunday where she dropped off a bag before they headed to a restaurant.

Onlookers said they held hands and kissed. A day earlier they were seen kissing in her car.

June is a long-time friend of Tim’s mum and she even funded a three-week trip to ­Thailand’s ­Thamkrabok monastery for ­treatment by monks to help beat his addiction.

The 85-year-old soap legend once said: “Tim had got to the point where all of us feared he might die.

“His skin wasn’t very good, his teeth were discoloured and his nature changed. He became deceitful, because he was always lying, trying to get money to feed his habit.”

Smitten: Out for a walk holding hands

Smitten: Out for a walk holding hands

June told how Tim’s life started to crumble as his addiction took its grip.

She added: “It’s awful to be a mother watching your child fall apart, and being powerless to stop it. Simple as that.

“He’d go to the studios during the day, pretending he was holding himself together, then at night he roamed the streets begging.”

Tim who was once in 90s Britpop band Jocasta, told how he got hooked on the killer drug when he lost his record deal.

He said: “I had become a crack addict at the age of 19 but after several years, I knew I needed help to quit.

“I realised I was killing myself, or rather my soul. But I didn’t care. I felt I wasn’t worth anything.

“I remember smoking crack in front of my mother. I thought: ‘Why shouldn’t I? This is what I do with my life’.”

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