Clifford Odets

Born Jul 18, 1906

Clifford Odets was an American playwright, screenwriter, and director.

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1906 Birth Born on July 18, 1906.


1926 19 Years Old In this capacity he saw the 1926 Broadway production of Seán O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock. … Read More


The young Odets spent several summers as a dramatics counselor at camps in the Catskills and the Poconos. He toured extensively with stock companies, playing a large variety of roles. Odets got his Broadway break in 1929, when he was cast as understudy to Spencer Tracy in Conflict by Vincent Lawrence.
1931 24 Years Old Odets was mesmerized by Clurman's talks, and became the last actor chosen for the Group Theatre's first summer of rehearsals in June, 1931, at Brookfield Center in Connecticut. … Read More
1932 25 Years Old In late 1932, Odets began writing a play about a middle-class Jewish family in the Bronx, initially called I Got the Blues. … Read More
1935 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Odets' first play to be produced was the one-act Waiting for Lefty, on January 5, 1935, at the former Civic Repertory Theatre on Fourteenth Street in New York City. … Read More


1937 30 Years Old Odets first married two-time Academy Award winning actress Luise Rainer in January 1937. They divorced in May 1940.
1938 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1938 the Group presented Odets' Rocket to the Moon, a more reflective piece. … Read More
1943 36 Years Old He married for a second time, in 1943. … Read More


1950 43 Years Old Odets' 1950 play, The Country Girl, was a critical and box office success. … Read More
1951 44 Years Old Odets and Grayson divorced in 1951. … Read More
1954 47 Years Old Odets' last play, The Flowering Peach, was produced on Broadway in 1954. … Read More


1957 50 Years Old Odets wrote the 1957 screenplay for Sweet Smell of Success, based on the novelette by Ernest Lehman and produced by the independent company Hecht-Hill-Lancaster. … Read More
…  Odets was reportedly tormented by public reaction to his testimony until his death in 1963. … Read More
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