Elizabeth Taylor spills dirt after her death

Katherine - posted on 03/29/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

65,420

232

5195

Cafemom

If you knew a deeply personal secret about someone—a very public someone—would you decide that it was okay to reveal the information after your own death?

I'm not sure how Elizabeth Taylor came to this decision, but in 1997 she told journalist Kevin Sessums that she knew a particularly troubling piece of information about James Dean. According to Taylor, he confessed the shocker while they co-starred in the movie Giant, and she swore to him that she would take his secret to her grave.

Now that Elizabeth Taylor has passed on, Sessums has chosen to reveal the secret in an article he recently published for The Daily Beast.

Fourteen years ago, Elizabeth told Sessums, "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," Taylor said.

"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."

Dean was killed at the age of 24 on September 30, 1955, when his Porsche crashed in Salinas, California, shortly after filming Giant.

It's unlikely anyone will ever know if the molestation really happened or not, and I'm not sure what good it does to release the information now. It certainly seems strange that Taylor would have shared such confidential information with the caveat that it could go on the record after she died.

I guess we should be impressed that Mr. Sessums honored his promise to Elizabeth Taylor, and waited nearly a whole week before spilling the James Dean SHOCKING DARK SECRET to the entire world. I think it would have been even more honorable if Sessums had decided to take it to his own grave, though.

What's your take on this supposed revelation about James Dean?

8 Comments

View replies by

Sneaky - posted on 03/30/2011

1,170

33

131

Mostly I think that if the information was shared earlier it might have done some good for the benefit of organizations that treat and support victims of child molestation. (That was not my most graceful sentence ever!)

What I mean is, if the information had been released even a few years after he died, the publicity and controversy surrounding it could have been used to raise awareness and funds for that cause.

I must assume that Ms Taylor made a promise to Mr Dean that she choose to keep in this way. . . .

As to what this reveals about James Dean - I don't know, I do know that it does not change my opinion that he was a troubled young man that died in a preventable accident.

Johnny - posted on 03/29/2011

8,686

26

322

It just seems like something that can only hurt his extended family and those who cared about him when he was alive. Who knows if its true. Or if it is, why Elizabeth Taylor told this "journalist". But I'm not sure who it would benefit to have this information released, I can't think of anyone, so why do it?

Stifler's - posted on 03/29/2011

15,141

154

604

How do we know he's not making it up. That is all. I agree with Nikki, he sounds fame hungry. Even if it's true, nothing can be done about it. James Dean is dead and the priest who supposedly did this would be dead too, there will never be justice.

Nikki - posted on 03/29/2011

5,263

41

574

He is obviously fame hungry, I would never disclose information like that even after they had died. Really what's the point, who needs to know? nobody. I didn't even know Elizabeth Taylor died! geeze I might need to watch the news a little more!

Katherine - posted on 03/29/2011

65,420

232

5195

Revealing it now serves absolutely no purpose. She should have just taken it to the grave, IMO.

Jodi - posted on 03/29/2011

3,562

36

3907

Yeah, I kind of agree with the sentiment of what's the point in telling the world about it now? I also can't understand why she would share such private information which was obviously shared with her in confidence. It's really achieving nothing, and if anything, it has diminished the respect I may have had for both of these people.

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms