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Clifford Odets

Clifford Odets

D.O.B.: July 18, 1906 (Philadelphia, PA)

D.O.D.: August 18, 1963 (Los Angeles, CA)

Cause of Death: Cancer

Location: Forest Lawn Glendale; Garden of Honor, Columbarium of Honor

Biographical Notes:

Clifford Odets dropped out of high school to pursue acting; in the 1930s he became a charter member of the Group Theatre, the famous "method" acting troupe founded by Harold Clurman, Lee Strasberg and Cheryl Crawford.

On his first Hollywood assignment he met (and soon married) Louise Rainer, but they lived together only briefly. Between reconciliations with Rainer and Odets had a tempestuous affair with Frances Farmer; his other conquests included Fay Wray and a host of less famous women, including the stage actress Bette Grayson, who became his second wife.

Odets' star faded considerably after the 1930s, although he continued to write for the stage for Hollywood.

Wrote:

"Rocket to the Moon" (1986)

"The Story on Page One" (1959)

"Rhapsody In Blue" (1949)

"Deadline at Dawn" (1946)

"Golden Boy" (1939)

"The General Died at Dawn" (1936)

 

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