James Dean at Ciro’s

Movie star James Dean attends the Thalian Ball on August 29 1955 at Ciro's nightclub in Los Angeles, California.

James Dean. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)

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 was attending the Thalian Ball that Monday night. His date for the evening was 19-year-old Ursula Andress, not yet associated with that other James.

James Dean And Ursula Andress

James Dean and Ursula Andress. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)

James Dean And Ursula Andress. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)

James Dean and Ursula Andress. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)

The pictures were taken by Hollywood photographer/sleazeball Earl Leaf. You can find a few more on Google.

James Dean, 24 years old at the time, died just a month later.

James Dean

James Dean. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)

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