Director Nick Ray and James Dean behind the scenes of Rebel Without a Cause, 1955.
Oscar’s fifteen-year-old-daughter, Marcia, had seen Eden and fallen completely and hopelessly in love with Jimmy. The walls of her bedroom were literally covered with his photos. On a recent night, Arthur Loew Jr. had called Oscar from a restaurant saying he was with a group of people, and could they come over? Even though it was late, Oscar and his wife, June, were delighted to have company. Within a few minutes Arthur showed up at the door with Liz Taylor, her husband Michael Wilding, Joan Collins, Henry Ginsberg, producer of Giant, Jimmy, and a couple of girls he had picked up at the restaurant. Liz and Jimmy were still in makeup for their roles.
Joan knew that Marcia wanted nothing more than to meet Jimmy. With Joan leading the way and Elizabeth, Jimmy, and June in tow, they went up the stairs to Marcia’s bedroom where she was asleep. Jimmy sat by the edge of the bed and touched Marcia lightly with the tip of his finger on her nose. She turned over and brushed the hand away. Jimmy giggled and Marcia woke up and saw Jimmy. She screeched and dove under the blankets.
Everyone laughed. Jimmy walked around the room looking at her collection of his pictures and finally said, “Come on out, and come downstairs with us, Marcia. I want to talk to you.”
Marcia came downstairs wearing a robe. Jimmy spent half an hour in a corner talking with Marcia about school and her friends, and her life. She sat open-mouthed and hanging on to his every word until, finally, he said gently, “You’d better get back to bed. We’re all tired.” Marcia’s eyes were still glazed with excitement as she went up the stairs.
- Joe Hyams, James Dean: Little Boy Lost
James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause.
Natalie Wood and James Dean on the set of Rebel Without a Cause.