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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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Clifford Odets' original script for Wild in the Country (1961) had Elvis Presley's character committing suicide at the end of the film. This was screened for a preview audience, who were horrified, and the ending was changed. According to Odets friend, Oscar Levant, in "Memoirs of an Amnesiac", "... only Odets would write a story for Elvis in which he committed suicide. Actually, it was humiliating that Odets had to write that kind of picture at all, but he needed the money. Everything he was against, in the beginning of his career, he wound up doing himself".

Portrayed by Jeffrey DeMunn in Frances (1982), John Heard in Will There Really Be a Morning? (1983) (TV) and Lee Breuer in Committed (1984).

His only Tony recognition came posthumously in 1965, sharing a book credit with William Gibson as part of the Best Musical nomination for Golden Boy (1962) (TV), based on his play.

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