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Clifford Odets Overview:

Director, Clifford Odets, was born on Jul 18, 1906 in Philadelphia, PA. Odets died at the age of 57 on Aug 18, 1963 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Glendale) Cemetery in Glendale, CA.

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His play, Awake and Sing (1972) (TV), was nominated for the 1974 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Play Production at the Candelight Forum Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

Odets' friend, Oscar Levant, claimed that the writer once said, "The three greatest living playwrights are O'Neill, O'Casey, and Odets". When Levant's wife later brought it upped to the writer, he was shocked and remarked, "Did I say that?".

Odets was the inspiration for the title character in the Coen Bros. film Barton Fink (1991).

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