The junction of Highways 41 and 46 are memorialized as “James Dean Memorial Junction.”
On Friday, September 30, around six o’clock, Elizabeth (Taylor), Rock (Hudson) and I and a small group were watching rushes. George Stevens was behind us at his desk by the controls. The projection room was dark. The phone rang. The soundtrack screamed to a halt. The picture froze. The lights shot up. We turned and looked at George. The phone dangled from his hand. He was white and motionless. Death was present in that room. Slowly and with great effort, his voice coming from a long and distant tunnel, George said, “There’s been a car crash. Jimmy Dean has been killed. ” I went numb.–Carroll Baker, costar with James Dean in Giant.