In Death, Taylor Reveals James Dean's Dark Secret Her close friend and co-star was molested as a child, she claimed By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Mar 25, 2011 9:20 AM CDT 16 comments Comments Actress Elizabeth Taylor Poses In An Old Film Still, circa 1950. (Getty Images) (Newser) – Elizabeth Taylor knew a painful secret about close friend James Dean—but, in a 1997 interview with Kevin Sessums, she asked the journalist not to reveal it until after her death. In a column for the Daily Beast, Sessums recalls that interview for POZ, a magazine dedicated to AIDS activism. "I loved Jimmy," she said of her co-star and friend. "I'm going to tell you something, but it's off the record until I die. OK? When Jimmy was 11 and his mother passed away, he began to be molested by his minister." "I think that haunted him the rest of his life. In fact, I know it did," she continued. "We talked about it a lot. During Giant we'd stay up nights and talk and talk, and that was one of the things he confessed to me." Click for more Liz.