L ooking back over half a century to the meteoric career of James Dean , the one thing that now seems obvious is that the boy was as queer as a coot. It wouldn't matter a scrap if he hadn't also been groomed to perform vulnerable young male innocence, tormented by inchoate yearnings for heroism, freedom, and true love with the right girl. The studio made sure that he acted it out in real life by supplying him with starlets to be seen with in public. After he wrote himself off, 50 years ago this September, in his new Porsche Spyder at the age of 24 on a highway near Salinas, there was no reality left to intrude on the myth.
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Paul Newman Marlon Brando. The Oscar winner passed away Paul Newman has been 'outed' from beyond the grave by Marlon Brando , according to writer Darwin Porter's scandalous new book on the late movie legend. Porter interviewed Brando about Newman before the acting great died in - and he was stunned with what the heavyweight star let slip. Paul Newman had just as many on-location affairs as the rest of us, and he was just as bisexual as I was. But, where I was always getting caught with my pants down, he managed to do it in the dark.
James Dean: Hollywood rebel who slept his way to the top
He is remembered as a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause , in which he starred as troubled teenager Jim Stark. After his death in a car crash ,  Dean became the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor , and remains the only actor to have had two posthumous acting nominations. He also claimed that his mother was partly Native American, and that his father belonged to a "line of original settlers that could be traced back to the Mayflower ". According to Michael DeAngelis, she was "the only person capable of understanding him".
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