Jerome Robbins

  • Birth Name: Jerome Wilson Rabinowitz
  • Birth Place: Weehawken, New Jersey, United States
  • Died: July 29, 1998
  • Profession: Director, Choreographer
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  • 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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