Waldo Salt Biography (1914-1987)

Born October 18, 1914, in Chicago, IL; died of lung cancer at Cedars- Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, CA, March 7, 1987; son of William Haslem (a business executive and artist) and Winifred (Porter) Salt; married Ambur Dana, 1939 (divorced); married Mary Davenport, 1942 (divorced); married Gladys Schwartz, 1968 (divorced); married Eve Merriam (a poet, playwright, and author), October 22, 1983; children: Jennifer, Deborah.

In the early 1950s Waldo Salt was blacklisted in Hollywood for refusing to testify in Washington before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee. He didnot return to writing under his own name and earning film credits until the early 1960s. Although he later won Academy Awards and other honors, he remained bitter over the loss of others' careers and his own ordeal. "We suffered from it, and the country did," he told Contemporary Authors. "The American people have to pay for these little gang wars between politicians who are fighting over how much graft they're going to get."

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October 18, 1914
Chicago, Illinois, United States

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