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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.

 Source http://life.time.com

Gallery: Desperate Housewives Cast: Then & Now

Credit: Danny Feld/ABC via Getty Images

Credit: Danny Feld/ABC via Getty Images

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Teri Hatcher – Thenenter

One year after her divorce, single mom Susan Mayer (Hatcher) set her sights on a new neighbor, plumber Mike Delfino (JamesDenton). Despite competition from Edie Britt (Nicollette Sheridan), the two began an on-and-off romance. Meanwhile, Susan and her pals began to unravel the mystery surrounding their neighbor Mary Alice Young‘s (Brenda Strong) suicide.

 

Credit: Ron Tom/ABC via Getty Images

Credit: Ron Tom/ABC via Getty Images

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Teri Hatcher – Now

Susan and Mike had a son, M.J., and tied the knot in Season 3, but their happiness was short-lived. When Desperate Housewives jumped forward five years, the two split after being involved in a car crash that killed two people. They eventually divorced and dated new characters, including Jackson Braddock (Gale Harold) and Katherine Mayfair (Dana Delany). The two later reconciled and remarried. Sadly, in Season 8, Mike was gunned down by a loan shark while trying to protect Susan.

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #12

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #12

Bateleurs are the national emblem of Zimbabwe. "Bateleur" is French for "tight-rope walker", aptly describing their characteristic habit of tipping their wing tips when flying, as if to catch their balance... Ronald Krieger

Bateleurs are the national emblem of Zimbabwe. “Bateleur” is French for “tight-rope walker”, aptly describing their characteristic habit of tipping their wing tips when flying, as if to catch their balance… Ronald Krieger

Advances in digital photography have given us the opportunity to capture the beauty and freedom of birds in the wild like never before. In January 2011, the Wild Bird Trust set up a Facebook page with the intention of celebrating free flight and birds in the wild from around the world. Here are the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” drawn from thousands of photographs submitted to the Wild Bird Trust. Each week we select from all the photographs submitted and from our archives. Almost 18,000 photographs from over 100 photographers from around the world have been emailed to us or posted on our Facebook wall so far… Celebrate the freedom and splendor of birds in the wild with us and stimulate positive change by sharing how beautiful the birds of the world really are with the world…

Please join the Wild Bird Trust page on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to receive all wild bird photo updates and join the Wild Bird Revolution. Submit your own photos and become part of this important public awareness campaign to bring the magic of wild birds to the world. Prepare to be blown away every week…

Atlantic puffin looking directly at the photographer. It is a wonderful experience to interact with such beautiful creatures... (Nina Stavlund)

Atlantic puffin looking directly at the photographer. It is a wonderful experience to interact with such beautiful creatures… (Nina Stavlund)

The indigo-banded kingfisher is endemic to the Philippines. They are generally uncommon, but locally common resident of the northern and central islands. (Rey Sta. Ana / Wild Bird Photography Philippines)

The indigo-banded kingfisher is endemic to the Philippines. They are generally uncommon, but locally common resident of the northern and central islands. (Rey Sta. Ana / Wild Bird Photography Philippines)

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[National Geographic]


Hot Or Not?

Personally I’m super into Kristen Stewart‘s boyish punky style (and her perennial sneer) but still it’s nice once in a while to see the Twilight actress change it up. On the cover of the June 2012 issue of Elle UK, the 22 year old beauty sports a distinctly lady-like style, complete with a fancy (and faux) shoulder length brunette bob.

While this isn’t an actual hair cut, we’re kinda digging the look on K. Stew. What do you think of Kristen’s posh look?

[Buzznet]


Happy anniversary! How William and Kate have spent their first year of marriage

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrate their paper anniversary on Sunday

Newly-weds: Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge wave from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding

Newly-weds: Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge wave from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding

Before they were married, Kate and William were like any young, loved-up couple.

They made the most of their secluded cottage in Anglesey and enjoyed doing things any normal couple would like: ordering pizza, eating out, doing the weekly shop or popping to their local, The White Horse, on William’s Ducati motorbike.

They even took trips to London to hang out with friends in clubs like Raffles and Whisky Mist.

But since the wedding it’s been a different story, with 50 days apart, 135 royal engagements and two months away from home.

Away days: William and Kate made a royal tour of Canada and an official visit to the USA in July last year

Away days: William and Kate made a royal tour of Canada and an official visit to the USA in July last year

Any plans they make have to be authorised by their security team, safety checks have to be made on any locations they visit and they have to travel with bodyguards at all times.

It’s hard to imagine how this wouldn’t have an impact of their relationship, especially when Kate has to inform her aides when she wants to do something as simple as cook William a romantic dinner on his first night back from the Falklands , or pick him up from the airport herself.

But in true Kate style, she seems to be taking the transition – which she’s been receiving counselling for since before the wedding – in her stride.

However, the hardest thing for her is the amount of time she’s having to spend away from William.

The six weeks he spent completing his marine pilot training in the Falklands have been especially difficult.

Miles apart: Kate was in Liverpool on Valentine's Day while William was on duty in the Falklands

Miles apart: Kate was in Liverpool on Valentine's Day while William was on duty in the Falklands

Particularly as it meant they missed their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple, although Wills made sure Kate received a card and flowers.

He also bought Kate a Cocker Spaniel puppy they named Lupo to keep her company while he was gone, but still, Kate confessed she “missed him terribly” even telling a fellow marine pilot wife, “I don’t know how you manage, I miss William so much when he goes away.”

She’s got him back with her now – but with the Olympics , the Queen’s Jubilee and their Malaysian tour this summer, it doesn’t look like they’ll have much quiet couple time.

Luckily, William has got plans for things to be a little different in 2013.

“William has told Kate that next year is going to be ‘their year’,” a source has said.

“He says she’s made him ‘the proudest man on earth’ with how she’s handled the past year but he recognises they need to spend some time together as a couple.”

We look forward to seeing it…

Love in the heir: When will Prince William and Kate Middleton hear the pitter patter of tiny royal feet?

Earache: Tiny Grace van Cutsem doesn't like the noise

Earache: Tiny Grace van Cutsem doesn't like the noise

Royal wedding bridesmaid Grace Van Cutsem covers her ears as Prince William and Kate Middleton kiss

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[mirror.co.uk]


Feeling broody, Kate and Wills? Duke and Duchess of Cambridge play doting parents as they coo over baby at event for South Pole trek soldiers

The ‘is she, isn’t she?’ rumours concerning the Duchess of Cambridge and her pregnancy status begun to swirl even before the ink had dried on her marriage certificate.

And Kate’s quirk of holding her bag in front of her tummy; outfit choices like yesterday’s peplum jacket that appeared to conceal the stomach – or that occasion when she refused to eat peanut paste on a UNICEF visit – only add fuel to the flames.

But whether or not there is a royal baby coming in the near future, today Kate and Wills proved that when they do provide a royal heir to the throne, the royal pair will make natural parents.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were charmed by three-week-old Hugo Vicary, the son of a soldier the two met at an event they attended today.

She's a natural! The Duchess of Cambridge is charmed by three-week-old Hugo Vicary, held by his father Vic

She's a natural! The Duchess of Cambridge is charmed by three-week-old Hugo Vicary, held by his father Vic

Royal charm: The Duke of Cambridge looked every inch the doting father as he cradled baby Hugo at the event

Royal charm: The Duke of Cambridge looked every inch the doting father as he cradled baby Hugo at the event

William held the infant – the son of one of the adventurers – in the crook of his right arm and looked down with loving eyes.

He was joined by Kate, who, when she chatted to the baby’s proud parents, Vic and Hanna Vicary, described their son as ‘very cute’.

Hugo Eric Scott, dressed in a Superman romper suit, was born three weeks ago today and his name features tributes to both Mr Vicary’s father who died in March and the famous British polar explorer.

Mr Vicary, 41, from Cornwall, a Warrant Officer Second Class with the Rifles, trekked to the South Pole in the footsteps of Captain Scott, with a team led by Warrant Officer Mark Langridge.

Even Duchesses get the blues: Kate wore an indigo tweed Rebecca Taylor suit for her visit to Goldsmiths' Hall today

Even Duchesses get the blues: Kate wore an indigo tweed Rebecca Taylor suit for her visit to Goldsmiths' Hall today

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[dailymail.co.uk]


The look of love! Kanye West gazes adoringly at Kim Kardashian as they stroll hand in hand through New York

She has sported earrings featuring his initials and has been seen on a near-daily basis holding hands with her rumoured new boyfriend Kanye West.

And Kim Kardashian resembled a dizzy schoolgirl in love yet again yesterday as her new beau gazed adoringly at her as they strolled through New York together.

Kanye couldn’t stop smiling as he held hands with the 31-year-old reality star, who looked almost shy as she turned her head away.

Adoring: Kanye West held hands and gazed at new love Kim Kardashian as they headed back to his apartment building in New York City

Adoring: Kanye West held hands and gazed at new love Kim Kardashian as they headed back to his apartment building in New York City

The star wore her long dark hair straight and loose over one shoulder and showed off her toned legs in a full cream skirt.

A loose black blazer, towering black heels and low cut top completed the look.

Kanye, 34, looked a little more casual in black leather trousers, a pair of bright yellow trainers and a navy blue hoodie.

Suddenly shy? Kim looks down at the ground, while Kanye can't stop smiling as he escorts his new love through the city

Suddenly shy? Kim looks down at the ground, while Kanye can't stop smiling as he escorts his new love through the city

The show of affection was a little strange, considering the couple had earlier taken great care to avoid being seen together as they met up at a New York midtown hotel.

They arrived and left by separate doors, despite recently having arrived at the opening of Scott Disick’s restaurant together and taking a romantic stroll around Manhattan at the weekend.

According to Khloe Kardashian, Kanye is popular with the famous family, who said her sister’s new relationship was not yet ;serious.’



Lunchtime rendezvous: Kim and Kanye both arrived at the same Manhattan hotel yesterday afternoon, stayed for an hour then left… by separate doors.

Appearing on US show Watch What Happens Live, Khloe said: ‘I don’t think it’s serious. I think it’s too soon. But because they’ve been friends for so long, it’s just so easy and that’s something I love seeing for Kim – the easiness and how happy she is.

‘It’s just more of a great friendship and friendships make the best relationships.

She added: ‘We’ve known Kanye for like nine years. He’s great with the family, but again we’ve known him for so long. It’s not like some stranger getting into a hurricane.’

Pretty pretty good: Kim looked lovely in her outfit but unusually hurried into the hotel  to meet her new beau

Pretty pretty good: Kim looked lovely in her outfit but unusually hurried into the hotel to meet her new beau

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[dailymail.co.uk]


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