As we might have suspected, Elizabeth Taylor couldn’t even spill a secret without being a fabulous diva about it. In 1997, reporter Kevin Sessume interviewed Taylor for POZ Magazine about her HIV/AIDS advocacy work; Taylor in turn confessed to him that James Dean was molested as a child…before swearing her interviewer to secrecy for the rest of her life. “I loved Jimmy. I’m going to tell you something, but it’s off the record until I die. OK?,” Taylor reportedly said about her co-star from the 1956 film Giant. “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.” The actor later passed away in 1955, prior to the film’s release.
“I love trusting. I get hurt very easily. I am tough when I have to be. I can will myself to back away from an oncoming train. I can spin on a dime. I have led a very strange life,” Liz explained in the same interview. Apparently part of that strange life included entrusting a near-stranger with a tragic bomb-shell secret, which he then had to keep hushed up until the time of Taylor’s death. And that reporter did it too, since it’s Elizabeth Taylor we’re talking about.
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