Jerome Chodorov (1911-2004) began his career in Hollywood in the 1930s writing B movies for Republic Pictures. It was there he met his collaborator of 30 years, Joseph Fields. Their best known Broadway plays included: My Sister Eileen, directed by George S. Kaufman (1940), Junior Miss (1941), the Tony Award-winning Wonderful Town, a musical based on My Sister Eileen with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green (1952), Anniversary Waltz (1954), The Ponder Heart (1956) and The Tunnel of Love (1957). Note that Mr. Chodorov’s name was not credited for Tunnel of Love and a number of the other projects as they were produced during the McCarthy blacklist years. After Joe Fields' death in 1966, Mr. Chodorov continued alone and with other collaborators on such projects as I Had a Ball, a musical comedy about Coney Island with music and lyrics by Stan Freeman & Jack Lawrence, A Talent for Murder with Norman Panama, Three Bags Full and A Community of Two. He also enjoyed a long association with Edwin Lester, Bob Wright, Chet Forrest and the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera.
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