Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

James Dean letters to be auctioned

Letters sent by James Dean to his girlfriend are to be auctioned
Letters sent by James Dean to his girlfriend are to be auctioned

Private letters from movie heart-throb James Dean to his then girlfriend in which he criticises his latest Broadway show and speaks of being homesick as he films a box office hit are to be sold at auction.

The hand-written notes to Barbara Glenn, whom he dated for two years, come from her family archive and have never been sold before.

Dean died in a car accident in 1955 as he was poised for major stardom, but continues to be a posterboy for Hollywood glamour.

The three letters are to be sold separately but are estimated to fetch a total of £16,000 when they are sold at Christie's in South Kensington, London, on November 23.

In one letter, dated January 10 1954, he tells Glenn about rehearsals for a Broadway adaptation of The Immoralist which he calls "a piece of s***".

But the letter, sent from the St James Hotel in Philadelphia, and illustrated with doodles of buildings, also predicts that the play will "probably be a monster success". His positive reviews led to an early exit and a move to Los Angeles within weeks.

Another letter was sent on May 7 that year, a month into filming his first starring role, East Of Eden. In the letter he responds angrily to a letter she wrote informing him she was doing a swimsuit photo-shoot, telling her: "Boy, that's selling out cheap."

Glenn's son, filmmaker Keith Gordon who is selling the letters, said: "She never discussed their romance in great detail, but I did know Jimmy was her first serious, grown-up relationship.

"I hope that a fan or collector can gain as much pleasure from owning these letters as my mother clearly did from receiving them, and as I did in learning more about my mother's history."

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