- Backed into the orchestra pit on the set of an early-'40s Broadway production after the cast and crew failed to warn him.
- Isolated the actors playing the "Sharks" and "Jets" before and after rehearsals for the musical West Side Story in order to build animosity between the two groups.
- Shared the 1961 Best Director Oscar for the film version of West Side Story with Robert Wise. Robbins is one of six first-time directors to win the award and is the only one to win for his sole film.
- Donated heavily to the Dance Collection (since renamed the Jerome Robbins Dance Division) of the New York Public Library, which still receives a percentage of the profits from Fiddler on the Roof.
- 1961, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
- 1963, Tony — Play: Nominee
- 1963, Tony — Producer (Dramatic): Nominee
- 1965, Tony — Director (Musical): Winner
- 1948, Tony — Choreographer: Winner
- 1960, Tony — Director (Musical): Nominee
- 1957, Tony — Choreographer: Nominee
- 1958, Tony — Choreographer: Winner
- 1956, Emmy — Best Choreographer: Nominee
- 1961, Oscar — Honorary Award: Winner
- 1961, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
- 1989, Tony — Director (Musical): Winner
- 1965, Tony — Choreographer: Winner
- Harry Rabinowitz — Father
- Lena Rabinowitz — Mother
- Sonia Cullinen — Sister
- Attended New York University, New York, New York, United States
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