William Bast

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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
William Bast, the Edgar-winning TV screenwriter, was the first biographer of cinema icon James Dean, his close friend and lover. Bast and Dean met and became friends and roommates while drama students at U.C.L.A., and later roomed together in New York City.

Bast first wrote about Dean a year after his death, in "James Dean: A Biography", which was published in 1956. The biography was the basis of the 1976 TV movie James Dean (1976), produced and written by Bast, which portrayed Dean as a straight-skewed bisexual. Read more...