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An acclaimed series of biographies of artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians and Hollywood stars. Profiles of Alexander Calder, Paul Simon, Charlie Chaplin and music producer John Hammond won Peabody Awards, while films about Edward R. Murrow, Lucille Bal (more…)

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Season 19, Episode 2 James Dean: Sense Memories

First Aired: May 11, 2005

A psychological portrait of James Dean, Hollywood's iconic 1950s rebel, focuses on the year 1955, when he died in a car crash at age 24. “This boy; that year,” sighs Lois Smith, Dean's costar in “East of Eden,” one of three movies he made or were released in 1955 (the others were “Rebel Without a Cause” and “Giant”). Smith and other Dean colleagues review the films and Dean's “psychological involvements” (as actor Bill Bast puts it) in them. Says Martin Landau: “He understood pain.”