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James Dean Slept Here - Mixsee
James Dean Slept Here

James Dean Slept Here

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Before international stardom and achieving pop culture icon status in just only 3 films, James Dean was like any other struggling actor in New York City. Leaving behind his humble rural midwestern beginnings, James Dean set out for New York City in 1951 at age 20 to pursue his acting craft. The transplanted farm boy was thrust into the brave new world of New York City of the early 1950's --- the dawn of the Beat Generation, experimental theater and reefer madness. This tour examines James Dean's early New York City haunts prior to his career-making turn in the film East of Eden that turned him into a household name, an icon and a brand --- when he was just simply James Byron Dean from Fairmount, Indiana.

1. The Iroquois Hotel: 49 West 44th Street (Home)

The Iroquois New York

49 W 44th St New York, NY, 10036

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Shortly after arriving in NYC in 1951, James Dean settled into a modest room within the Iroquois, centrally located within a less-than-10-block radius of Times Square, Grand Central Station and Rockefeller Center, all frequent James Dean haunts. Recently renovated, the Algonquin still offers period charm with modern amenities to guests who can enjoy a cocktail at Triomphe, the Iroquois' lobby bar, and even stay overnight in the James Dean Suite, the room he used to occupy for almost 2 years.
Music: 'Chasing Cars' by Snow Patrol
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2. The Algonquin Hotel: 59 West 44th Street (Watering Hole)

The Algonquin Hotel

59 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, USA

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The Algonquin Hotel was a favorite bar of James Dean. Opening in 1902, the Algonquin became a go-to haven and meeting spot for notable theater and literature personalities such as Gertrude Stein, Simone de Bouvoir and John Barrymore --- an aspect that appealed to struggling actor James Dean.
Music: 'Everybody's Talkin'' by Harry Nilsson
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3. 19 West 68th Street (Home)

19 W 68th St

19 W 68th St New York, NY, 10023

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Right before his catapult into Hollywood films, James Dean briefly lived in a tiny 12' X 12' studio apartment not far from his old stomping ground of Times Square where he watched movies at the cinema and ate cheap spaghetti dinners at Jerry's Bar & Restaurant on 54th Street. Filled to the rafters with books, artwork and musical instruments, James Dean rehearsed for auditions, practiced the flute and bongos and entertained other then-up-and-coming actors actors and performers such as Sammy Davis Jr., Geraldine Page and Eartha Kitt. He left NYC and his apt in 1955, just 9 months before his death in a car accident.
Inspired by James Dean: Morrissey's 'Suedhead' (1988)
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