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Comment: Was James Dean gay? I have heard that he was, but I was wondering if
the experts know for sure.

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Wellll, this "close friend" claims Dean "experimented." Of course, that claim would help sell books too.

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I had always heard he was bisexual, but I know of no facts to back that up.
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Elizabeth Taylor has made the claim in the past several years that he was bi, but I don't know if she bases that on anything. He did have a relationship with the woman who played Jerry's mom on Seinfeld, so he had at least a little experience.

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Apparently he said that sex with a man was great and everyone should try it. But didn't he also say a lot of weird, shocking things?
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FWIW
I once read (I think it was "Hollywood Babylon") that he was "possibly" Bi, hung out in several gay bars, lived with several gay men, drank alot, enjoyed pain and often had cigarette burns on his chest.
The "Powers that be" played up the loner, misunderstood, bad-boy/loverboy image, while in truth, he has been described as being slightly neurotic with no self esteem/confidence.
Supposed to be difficult to work with too.

Adam (I think it was titled "Hollywood Babylon". Fascinating book) D.

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There have been several "rumors" as to James Dean's sexuality over there years. However, not surprisingly, there have never been any first hand accounts of him actually engaging in a sexual or romantic relationship with a man.

Many of the rumors revolve around a mentor of his whom he lived with for a time(the name slips my memory at the moment). This man was well known to be gay so of course people made the connection between the two. This man, however, constantly denied rumors of their involvement until shortly before his death.

It's doubtful that James Dean was a homosexual and far more likely that if anything he was bi-sexual. He had a very serious romance with a fellow actress (who's name also slips my mind) and was intending to marry her. However, he was unable to due to the objections of the girl's mother. The girl was Italian and her mother was a very strict Catholic who objected to her being involved with non-Catholic Dean.

I'm always skeptical of these kinds of rumors until I can hear it straight(no pun intended) from the horse's mouth. And unfortunately we'll never know as it pertains to James Dean...my favorite actor of all time.

Sorry for the missing details. If I ever find the book I have on him I'll fill in the details.

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