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Director, Jerome Robbins, was born Jerome Rabinowitz on Oct 11, 1918 in New York City, NY. Robbins died at the age of 79 on Jul 29, 1998 in New York City, NY and was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea off Long Island.



Jerome Robbins was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Director for West Side Story in 1961. He also won one Honorary Award in 1961 for his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1961Best DirectorWest Side Story (1961)N/AWon

Academy Awards (Honorary Oscars)

1961Honorary Awardfor his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film


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Won five Tony Awards: as Best Choreographer, in 1948 for "High Button Shoes" and in 1958 for "West Side Story;" as both Best Director (Musical) and Best Choreographer, in 1965 for "Fiddler on the Roof;" and as Best Director (Musical) in 1989 for "Jerome Robbins' Broadway." He was nominated four other times: as Best Choreographer, in 1957 with Bob Fosse for "Bells Are Ringing;" as Best Director (Musical), in 1960 for "Gypsy;" and, two in 1963, as Producer (Dramatic) and as co-producer of Best Play nominee "Mother Courage and Her Children"

Co-Ballet Master at the New York City Ballet.

Ballet choreographer.

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