Stage & Screen Artist · Fiction Writer
Born August 10, 1911, New York, New York
Died September 12, 2004, Nyack, New York
Jerome Chodorov, briefly a journalist in 1930, began his dramatic writing career in film as a scenarist. In Hollywood, he met Joseph Fields and together they would go on to collaborate on many plays, librettos and screenplays. One of their many Broadway successes was My Sister Eileen, which was directed by George S. Kaufman and starred Shirley Booth. They co-authored the screenplay for My Sister Eileen which was released in 1942 starring Rosalind Russel and Janet Blair. They also collaborated on the libretto of its musical adaptation, Wonderful Town, with music by Leonard Bernstein, also starring Rosalind Russel, which received rave reviews and won seven Tony Awards including Best Authors (Musical) in 1953. Mr. Chodorov's first screenplay was The Case of the Lucky Legs, a Perry Mason whodunit released in 1935. He wrote around 18 screenplays during this period leading up to Happy Anniversary in 1959, which he co-authored with Mr. Fields and was based on their Broadway play Anniversary Waltz. Throughout the years, Mr. Chodorov directed plays, including the Broadway productions of The Gazebo (1958) and Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole (1961).
Image: Jerome Chodorov, photo courtesy of Rhea and Jerome Chodorov