James Byron Dean and Adoption

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Dean was born to a married couple but when his mother died of cancer in 1940 his father sent him to Indiana to live with his grandparents, where he stayed until 1949. He then returned to live with his father in Los Angeles and started university.

In the early 1950s he began to get acting jobs and soon became one of the best-known actors in the country, epitomizing the rebel without a cause, the angry youth of the post-war period, the first teenagers. He died in an automobile accident.


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