May 4, 2007

James Dean

I found a story of coincidence, on James Dean, this morning. Which led me to look up other things, to substantiate any truth. Dean's last words were, "He's Got To See Us!" I could not find anything to defend this below...

James Dean's car curse
In September 1955, James Dean was killed in a horrific car accident whilst he was driving his Porsche sports car. After the crash the car was seen as very unlucky.
a) When the car was towed away from accident scene and taken to a garage, the engine slipped out and fell onto a mechanic, shattering both of his legs.
b) Eventually the engine was bought by a doctor, who put it into his racing car and was killed shortly afterwards, during a race. Another racing driver, in the same race, was killed in his car, which had James Dean's driveshaft fitted to it.
c) When James Dean's Porsche was later repaired, the garage it was in was destroyed by fire.
d) Later the car was displayed in Sacramento, but it fell off it's mount and broke a teenagers hip.
e) In Oregon, the trailer that the car was mounted on slipped from it's towbar and smashed through the front of a shop.
f) Finally, in 1959, the car mysteriously broke into 11 pieces while it was sitting on steel supports.

"Every man has to die,
but not every man lives"

For anyone who wants to know the real James Dean, I highly recommend Elizabeth Sheridan's fantastic book Dizzy & Jimmy, which chronicals one of the greatest love stories of all time.

I personally consider Dizzy (as she was known then) as the closest thing to being "James Dean's Widow", because theirs was a love that you only find once in a lifetime, if you're fortunate.

Liz went on play many roles through the years, and is probably best known for her portrayal as Jerry's Mom on "Seinfeld".

But after reading her incredible book documenting her relationship with Jimmy, she will forever be linked as the great love of James Dean's life.

In one of the stars, I shall be living,
In one of them I shall be laughing.
And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing
When you look at the sky at night
You, only you, will have stars that can laugh.

(from The Little Prince)


Webmiztris said...

whoa, the cursed car thing is creepy! and I did not that 'jerry's mom' was james dean's lover!!! that's kinda funny!

Anonymous said...

I thought James Dean was gay?

Dear Prudence said...

thanks for the education Babs. I didn't know that about Jerry's mom either.!

~Babsbitchin~ said...

Webmiztris, I didn't know that either, till today. I couldn't validate all the stuff for the car so I was digging and came across that. Interesting, huh?

Woogie said...

man, he was hot huh? Very cool Ms Babs!

~Babsbitchin~ said...

Anonymous, not to my knowledge but he may have been Bi. Who knew, right?

~Babsbitchin~ said...

dear prudence,it was revealing to me too. I copied and pasted that story and just learned this today myself. Good to hear from ya!

~Babsbitchin~ said...

woogie, he was hot and I wonder if he lived, what or where his career would have gone, ya know?

se7en said...

I've heard the car "facts" thingy before but I didn't know that about Dizzy, interesting!

Babsbitchin said...

se7en, I'd not heard any of it before. I thought that Dizzy stuff was cool fodder, yea cool facts.

Eyebee said...

I've never really been a fan as such, but that car stuff was interesting...

Rob K said...

Wow, Seinfeld's mom and James Dean. Oh my goodness....Weird business about his car, Babs. Sounds like a Kolchak episode.