She went on to star alongside Hollywood greats such as James Stewart, Bing Crosby and Bette Davis, and at the age of 11 appeared in the Christmas hit Miracle on 34th Street.
One of the most significant roles of her child acting days was playing John Wayne's niece on John Ford's The Searchers, once described as the greatest American Western of all time.
He lived fast, died young and left a corpse mangled beyond recognition.
Sixty years after James Dean’s fatal car crash a shocking new biography reveals the insatiable libido and tormented psyche of the Rebel Without A Cause star who slept his way to the top in Hollywood.“He would sleep with anybody to get ahead,” says Darwin Porter, author of James Dean – Tomorrow Never Comes.
Dean’s famous red, zip-up jacket and blue jeans appear – though they nearly didn’t.
Dean’s fee per movie was soaring, and during Giant he bought a new Porsche Spyder.
Once, when asked what her father had died of, Wood answered: "My mother".
“Let’s admit the truth: both of us need babysitters,” said Dean. We’d end up destroying each other.” However even after they split Monroe remained possessive, berating him about his fling with Taylor.It was a look he perfected, because he was certainly narcissistic – encouraging photographers to follow him around, with one even driving in a car behind him the day he died.Composer Leonard Rosenman, who roomed with Dean in New York and went to Hollywood with him to write the score for East Of Eden, saw ‘a pathological desire for attention…At the age of 16, Wood featured in her first grown-up role, starring opposite James Dean in the 1955 film Rebel Without A Cause.Her film career dwindled for the next few years as the struggling actress was cast in a number of secondary roles, often playing a lead character's wife or girlfriend, which she said she found "unsatisfying".