James Dean was molested at young age: Liz Taylor

An interview with Elizabeth Taylor published on Friday reveals darkest secret of Hollywood icon James Dean

Los Angeles: Rebel Without a Cause screen legend James Dean was molested by his childhood minister, according to an interview with Elizabeth Taylor published on Friday.

Hollywood icon Taylor, who died this week aged 79, revealed Dean’s secret in an interview given 14 years ago, but requested that it not be published until after her death.

“I loved Jimmy. I’m going to tell you something, but it’s off the record until I die. OK?” best-selling author Kevin Sessums quoted Taylor as saying, in the interview published by the Daily Beast online.

“When Jimmy was 11 and his mother passed away, he began to be molested by his minister. I think that haunted him the rest of his life. In fact, I know it did. We talked about it a lot.

“During ‘Giant’ we’d stay up nights and talk and talk, and that was one of the things he confessed to me,” she said, referring to the movie in which Taylor and Dean co-starred.

Dean died in a car crash in 1955 at age 24, shortly after making Rebel Without a Cause, in which he played Jim Stark, a teenager with a troubled past arriving in a new town.

He was nominated for two posthumous Oscars – for East of Eden in 1956 and Giant in 1957.

Taylor died on Wednesday from congestive heart failure, and was buried Thursday in the Forest Lawn celebrity cemetery near Los Angeles, resting place to generations of stars including her long-time friend, pop icon Michael Jackson.1.783113-2498762653James Dean, £60m
The Rebel Without A Cause actor has proved a gift for advertisers since his premature death in a car crash in 1955, aged 24. The iconic Dean image — brooding eyes, cigarette dangling from his lips — remains a poster pin-up staple. The epitome of cool, he has been used to advertise everything from Chrysler cars to Lee Jeans.Intellectual property rights company CMG Worldwide represents the Dean estate in licensing deals. Forbes magazine believes Dean’s estate still earns some £2 million (Dh11 million) a year.Image Credit: Rex Features

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