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Reportedly, Dean was very much in love with Pier Angeli and they planned to marry, but her mother blocked the union because Dean was not Catholic and she helped arrange Pier’s marriage to Vic Damone. Before she committed suicide, Pier wrote that Dean was the only man she had ever really loved.
Nineteen West 68th Street is just one of many New York sites associated with Dean, who lived in the city from 1951 until he was swept off to Hollywood in 1954 by Elia Kazan to star in East of Eden. There is also the Iroquois Hotel in midtown, where Dean lived before moving to the apartment, as well as the DuMont Barber shop, where he got his locks trimmed.