touched

James Dean, Church Molestation Victim?

I loved Jimmy. 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. 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.

—Elizabeth Taylor, in a 1997 interview with Kevin Sessums, who puts her off the record comments about friend and co-star James Dean very much on the record now that she’s below ground