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
In Death, Elizabeth Taylor Reveals James Dean's Dark Secret
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. (Read more Elizabeth Taylor stories.)

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