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This is the Winslow farm, where James Dean grew up. He was actually born in the nearby town of Marion, IN, just about 10 miles north of Fairmount, in 1931. His mother died of cancer when he was 9 years old, and because his father was unable to work and care for him, Dean went to live on his aunt and uncle's farm, located about two miles outside of town. The beautiful farm is still owned and operated by Marcus Winslow, Jr., a cousin of his, who is seen in several famous photos of Dean. The family has taken great care to keep it much as it appeared when "Jimmy" was still alive, although a few alterations have been made. There are a couple of photos of this barn, which looks unchanged, however. The farm is also situated less than a mile north of where Dean is now buried. People still come from all over the world, thousands a year, through this picturesque small town (VERY small: it has ONE traffic light), visiting the museums and galleries devoted to his short but illustrious life and career, and who make the pilgrimage out to the cemetery where he is now laid to rest.

Dean made only three movies, but turned out such remarkable performances that he was posthumously nominated for academy awards for two of them: East of Eden and Giant, but not for what has become his most famous film, Rebel Without A Cause, released after his death, in 1955. He was killed in September of that year, in northern California, near Cholame, up by Salinas, where he was traveling to compete in a car race. At an intersection, he was broadsided by a much larger vehicle than the tiny racecar he was driving, as the driver, a 23-year-old college student, apparently didn't see him coming from the opposite direction at sunset in the tiny car. Suffering from fatal injuries, Dean survived the crash for a short time, but died en route to the hospital located some thirty miles away, and was pronounced dead on arrival. His mechanic, who was a passenger, survived the crash with serious injuries. Dean's body was transported back to his hometown, where he had lived with his aunt and uncle, and where he had first taken acting courses in high school, for burial. The towns in this area of central Indiana are lovely, and well worth a visit, even if you're not all that well-acquainted with James Dean, although to be this beloved more than a half-century after one's death is really something to behold.

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  • Copyright: Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 78 N: 1198] (2116)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2019-05-00
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2021-08-05 9:26
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