This stunning photo of James Dean recently made it into my Twitter timeline courtesy of Anna Helen Peterson, who captioned it with this nice bit of poetry: Ladies make passes at James Deans that wear glasses.
Not just the ladies, though.
I was curious about the photo’s origins, so I did some research and found that it was taken on August 29, 1955 at Ciro’s nightclub in Los Angeles. (An interesting side-note: Ciro’s went bankrupt in 1959, and 13 years later the building became The Comedy Store, which you might have heard of on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast.)
James Dean, 24 years old at the time, died just a month later.