Date of birth : July 18, 1906, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Date of death : August 18, 1963, Los Angeles, California.
During the 30's he was considered as the most talented drama author of his era, the one who perfectly expressed its social fights.
He opened the way for other authors who exploited the same vein but who later became more famous than him, as Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams.
His most famous plays
He also wrote "The Country Girl" (1950) and "Clash by Night" (1941).
His most famous playsare "Awake and Sing" (1935), "Waiting for Lefty" (1935) and "Golden Boy" (1937).
In the movie version of "Clash by Night", Marilyn obtained an important supporting role.
Odets relationships in 1947 with Hollywood were sporadic, but, as many writers, he regularly gave in to the dollars appeal.
Marilyn met the Odets work in 1947, when she had some lessons at the Actors Lab, the Group Theater annex in Los Angeles; Odets had founded the Group Theater in 1931 with Lee Strasberg and Elia Kazan :
Marilyn was particularly touched by the way Odets depicted the oppressed, the small solitary people and the poor, placing them in their circle.As Arthur Miller, Odets belonged to the suspects listed by the House Un-American Activities Commitee and was appealed to testify.
Portrait of Marilyn by Clifford Odets in September 1958 :
Telegram dated May 28, 1959 sent to Marilyn by Clifford Odets