Shimmie Horn and the Iroquois Hotel in New York
One of the great things about New York City is its high concentration of celebrities. Actors, athletes, and artists all grace the streets. You just never know, when you’re in a place like New York or Los Angeles, who stayed in the hotel where you’re staying or who walked on the street before you. This is the case with James Dean, who lived for awhile at The Iroquois hotel, owned by Shimmie Horn. Built in 1923, the hotel became a hotspot through the years for many movie stars such as James Dean, singers such as The Clash, and others.
While Dean tried to get his break in Los Angeles, he had a hard time starting out. With advice from his mentor, Rogers Brackett, Dean headed to New York where he studied method acting at the Actors Studio with Lee Strasburg. He made his Broadway debut in See the Jaguar and went on to appear in off-Broadway performances of Metamorphosis and The Scarecrow. He made his real splash when he played Bachir in The Immoralist and he won a 1954 Theatre World Award for this role.
At some point during this exciting time, he lived at Shimmie Horn’s hotel, The Iroquois, before going back to Hollywood to gain extraordinary fame with his film roles, East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, and Giant.