Though his life was sadly a short one, James Dean achieved the sort of success most people can only dream of. Thanks to his talent as an actor, he became a Hollywood icon and a symbol of teen rebellion. He was also considered to be an incredibly attractive man; but behind the scenes there were struggles and some decidedly un-sexy habits.
Dean had a difficult childhood; he was always close to his mother, Mildred, but she died of uterine cancer when he was just nine years old. Dean, who had no brothers or sisters, was left with his father, Winton, who didn’t really know how to look after him. As a result, the latter shipped his young son off to live with an uncle and aunt.