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Jerome Chodorov

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Name  Jerome Chodorov
Children  Susan Chodorov
Books  Junior Miss
Spouse  Rhea Grand (m. 1932–1999)
Role  Playwright

Jerome Chodorov wwwmichenermuseumorgkioskimagespage102jpg
Born  August 10, 1911 (1911-08-10) New York City
Relatives  Edward Chodorov, brother
Died  September 12, 2004, Nyack, New York, United States
Movies  My Sister Eileen, Memphis Belle: A Story of a, Junior Miss, The Tunnel of Love, Happy Anniversary
Similar People  Ruth McKenney, Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Stan Freeman

Jerome Chodorov (August 10, 1911 – September 12, 2004) was an American playwright and librettist. He co-wrote the book for the musical Wonderful Town.



Chodorov was born in New York City, and entered journalism in the 1930s. He is best known for his 1940 play My Sister Eileen, its 1942 screen adaptation, and the musical Wonderful Town, which was based on his play. Joseph A. Fields was his frequent collaborator. He was Hollywood blacklisted during the McCarthy era.

His brother, Edward Chodorov (1904–1988), was also a playwright, author of the perennial favorite of amateur groups, Kind Lady.


Sources: Playbill; Doollee


  • Schoolhouse on the Lot (1938)
  • My Sister Eileen (1940)
  • Junior Miss (1941)
  • Those Endearing Young Charms (1943)
  • The French Touch (1945)
  • Anniversary Waltz (1954)
  • The Ponder Heart (1956)
  • Three Bags Full (1966)
  • A Talent for Murder (with Norman Panama) (Edgar Award, 1982, Best Play)
  • Musicals

  • Wonderful Town (Tony Award for Best Musical, 1953)
  • I Had a Ball
  • The Girl in Pink Tights
  • Work as director

  • Alive and Kicking (revue, 1950) - additional material
  • The Gazebo (1958) - director
  • Christine (1960) - director
  • Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole (1961), director
  • Film

  • The Case of the Lucky Legs (a 1935 Perry Mason film)
  • Louisiana Purchase (1941)
  • My Sister Eileen (1942)
  • Junior Miss (1945)
  • Those Endearing Young Charms (1945), based on his play.
  • Happy Anniversary (1959), based on Anniversary Waltz
  • References

    Jerome Chodorov Wikipedia