Jerome Robbins Overview:

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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Only three times in Academy Award history have director-collaborators been nominated for Best Directing Oscars: Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins for West Side Story (1961), Warren Beatty and Buck Henry for Heaven Can Wait (1978) and Joel Coen and Ethan Coen for No Country for Old Men (2007). (Wise/Robbins and the Coens actually won the award).

He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1988 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.

Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 517-519. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

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