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FEBRUARY 13, 2015

WHO ARE YOU WEARING? -1955 NEW YORK EAST OF EDEN RED CARPET EVENT (VIDEO)

I was researching photos of author John Steinbeck to illustrate his entry for the Recipes for Rebels cookbook, when I stumbled across this very entertaining video.  It is the television broadcast of the March 9th, 1955 New York East of Eden premiere, held at the Astor Theatre on Times Square.  James Dean didn’t attend, but plenty of others stars…

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FEBRUARY 8, 2015

JAMES DEAN BIRTHDAY COOK-ALONG

James Dean’s favorite meal was a big plate of spaghetti with rich, flavorful tomato sauce.  It was the dish he ordered regularly at the Villa Capri, and it only cost him 65 cents (a big bonus for the new actor on a tight budget who always had other things he preferred spending money on).  To celebrate the occasion of his 84th birthday (February 8th, 1931)…

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JANUARY 31, 2015

15 MINUTES WITH ANDY WARHOL

Andy Warhol is the most recognized figure of the 1960s-70s Pop Art movement.  Andy’s ideas changed the  international art world forever.  His original pieces have become some of the most expensive works of art ever sold.  He was a fan of James Dean and in an Interview magazine article stated that Dean, “…perfectly represented the damaged but beautiful soul of his times.”

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Ascocenda Raymond BurrJANUARY 27, 2015

RAYMOND BURR, PART 2…THE CASE OF THE CANNED TORTILLAS

Raymond’s famous philanthropy benefited the inhabitants of Naitauba, the Fijian island he and his partner Robert purchased in 1965.  They built a hospital and other public utilities on the 4000 acre paradise.  Robert recalled in an interview the time period they were shopping for a tropical location to call their home.  They gave up on Hawaii due to every time they …

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JANUARY 23, 2015

WARMING UP TO RAYMOND BURR

Amongst the handful of wrong turns taken while researching Recipes for Rebels: In the kitchen with James Dean, a reliable source had directed me towards Raymond Burr. Unfortunately, after hours of pouring through books, files, old newspapers, and internet archives, I could find no connection between James Dean and Raymond Burr beyond the fact that they had …

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JANUARY 20, 2015

LAUGHS WITH JIM BACKUS

Beyond his role of Frank Stark, James Dean’s father in Rebel Without a Cause, Jim Backus is most widely recognized as Thurston Howell III of Gilligan’s Island (1964-67), and Mr. Magoo (1949-).  He had over 245 TV and Film credits to his career.  In grade school he had a real witch for a teacher (Margaret Hamilton, the Wicked Witch of the West from

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IMG_20150121_005506JANUARY 20, 2015

NATIONAL CHEESE LOVERS’ DAY (BRIAN AVERY RECIPE)

In celebration of National Cheese Lovers Day (June 20th) I’m exploring 2 recipes.  The first, a unique and interesting vintage recipe, the second, a personal recipe (I love cheese!).

“Brian Avery’s Never-Fail Cheese Souffle” is NOT in the cookbook, but it comes from an incredibly interesting book called Cookbook of the Stars (1970) from the Motion Pictures Mothers Club.  …

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plazaJANUARY 17, 2015

PLAZA HOTEL SCONE RECIPE

While researching Recipes For Rebels, I occasionally made a wrong turn here or there…  spending lots of time learning the history of a location, only to find out later that my original source connecting James Dean to that location was wrong.  The famous Plaza Hotel in New York City was one of those wrong turns for me (and every time I’m crushed to learn this, because I’ve come to fall in love with …

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im a foolJANUARY 16, 2015

EDDIE ALBERT AND JAMES DEAN

I enjoyed watching this… I’m a Fool also features Natalie Wood and is introduced by Ronald Reagan.  Part of the General Electric Theater series on CBS.  It was shot in California, after Jim had finished shooting East of Eden

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JANUARY 16, 2015

OSCAR WILDE

James Dean was a devout fan of the writings of Oscar Wilde (often reading aloud from his books in social situations).  Check out this AMAZING statue in Merrion Square, Dublin, Ireland…  It was sculpted by artist Danny Osborn and is carved from granite, green nephrite jade, white jadite, and thulite…

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Susan-StrasbergJANUARY 15, 2015

SUSAN STRASBERG AND JAMES DEAN

Jim reportedly “dated” Susan Strasberg, daughter of Lee and Paula Strasberg, (Lee was the founder and director of The Actors Studio), despite their 7 year age difference.  In interviews it is clear that she was deeply infatuated, but his history shows that generally he thought of these younger girls more like little sisters. She was already a successful Broadway…

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