On September 30, 1955, a silver Porsche 550 Spyder is making its way down a California highway. It’s driver, iconic actor James Dean, notices a Ford Tudor turning ahead of him, but can’t break in time and is killed in the collision. But the actor wouldn’t be the last person to fall victim to the curse of the Spyder.
From humble beginnings, Dean would go on to become an icon of the 1950s and beyond. Born in Indiana in 1931 to Winton and Mildred Dean, the family moved to California when he was still very young. However, when he was just nine years old his mom succumbed to cancer, and he returned to Indiana.
Once back in Indiana, Dean lived with his aunt and uncle in Fairmount. There, he was said to be an excellent student with interests in sport, public speaking and, of course, drama. He moved back to California after graduating high school and lived with his father while attending college. Initially, he enrolled on a pre-law course, but eventually made a decision that would lead to trouble.