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Book review: 'Sal Mineo: A Biography' by Michael Gregg Michaud
Book review: 'Sal Mineo: A Biography' by Michael Gregg Michaud

Sal Mineo A Biography Michael Gregg Michaud Harmony: 410 pp., $25.99 Near the climax of "Rebel Without a Cause," three angst-filled adolescents played by James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo take refuge in an abandoned mansion. As Dean reclines on an old couch, Mineo innocently rests his head on the other boy's arm, a display of male affection unseen before on screen. Mineo's emotionally charged performance as John "Plato" Crawford would be recognized years later as the movies' first gay teen, a prototype of the openly gay youths on Fox's "Glee" and other shows today. The groundbreaking role made Mineo a legend, but his legacy has...

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