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Jerome Robbins

Biography

Dancer, choreographer, and movie director who all won five Tony Honours and two Academy Honours, including a single for the 1961 film version of West Aspect Tale, his film directing debut. He started dancing after falling out of NY School, where he was learning chemistry, because of financial complications. He gained Tony Honours for choreographing Great Button Shoes, Western world Side Shoes, as well as for directing Fiddler on the top and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. He was inducted in to the Country wide Museum of Dance’s Mr. & Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Popularity in 1989 and a documentary about his lifestyle known as Something to Dance About shown on PBS in ’09 2009. He was created in NY, NY. He was bisexual with one point is at a romantic relationship with professional Montgomery Clift. He aimed the musical film Western world Side Tale, which starred Natalie Hardwood.

Quick Facts


Full Name Jerome Robbins
Date Of Birth October 11, 1918
Place Of Birth New York City, NY
Profession Director
Education New York University
Nationality American
Parents Harry Rabinowitz, Lena Rabinowitz
Siblings Sonia Cullinen
Awards Kennedy Center Honors, Academy Honorary Award, Tony Award for Best Choreography, Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film, Drama Desk Special Award, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Broadway Musical
Nominations Academy Award for Best Director, Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture, Tony Award for Best Play, BAFTA Award for Best Film, Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Choreographer
Movies Peter Pan, West Side Story, On the Town
Star Sign Libra

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1Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and his musical, "West Side Story" at the Paramount Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was awarded the 2016 Joseph Jefferson (Equity) Award for Large Musical Production.
2He was bisexual; he had a relationship with actor Montgomery Clift, but he never married.
3Along with Delbert Mann, Robert Redford, James L. Brooks, Kevin Costner and Sam Mendes, he is one of only six people to win the Academy Award for Best Director for their directorial debut: Mann for Marty (1955), Robbins for West Side Story (1961) (which he co-directed with Robert Wise, Redford for Ordinary People (1980), Brooks for Terms of Endearment (1983), Costner for Dances with Wolves (1990) and Mendes for American Beauty (1999).
4Known to be emotionally volatile and ruthlessly demanding of his collaborators.
5His first ballet, "Fancy Free", served as the basis for the stage musical and motion picture On the Town (1949)).
6A precocious talent, he played piano at the age of three.
7Joined the New York City Ballet in 1948 at the prompting of its artistic director George Balanchine.
8Studied at New York University and at the Dance Center in Manhattan. Made his debut on the stage in a 1937 production of the Yiddish Art Theater.
9The only individual to win the Best Director Academy Award for their sole feature film directorial credit.
10Only 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).
11When he and Robert Wise won the Best Director Oscar in 1962 for West Side Story (1961), it was the first time that a directing Oscar was shared among collaborators.
12He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1988 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
13Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 517-519. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
14Won 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"
15Co-Ballet Master at the New York City Ballet.
16Ballet choreographer.
17In May, 1953, Robbins was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee. He admitted to having belonged to the American Communist Party's Theatrical Transient Group between 1943 and 1947, and also named eight colleagues as members.


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Live from Studio 8H: An Evening with Jerome Robbins1980TV Movie choreographer
Baryshnikov at the White House1979TV Movie choreographer: "Four Chopin Dances"
Fiddler on the Roof1971choreographer: New York stage production / director: New York stage production
Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad1967director: original play
Gypsy1962based upon the stage play choreographed by / based upon the stage play directed by
West Side Story1961choreography by / stage play: director / stage play: orchestrator
Peter Pan1960TV Special choreographer
The Pajama Game1957stage director
The King and I1956dances and musical numbers staged by
Producers' ShowcaseTV Series choreographer - 2 episodes, 1955 - 1956 director - 1 episode, 1956
General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein1954TV Movie dances for "The King and I"
I Danced with Don Porfirio1942choreographer
Something's Coming2012TV Short choreographer
Gypsy1993TV Movie choreographer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Peter Pan2000TV Special adaptation for 1954 version - adaptation for 1954 version
Loistokaupunki1966TV Movie idea
West Side Story1961play conceived by
Peter Pan1960TV Special adaptation
Peter Pan1955TV Movie adaptation
Producers' Showcase1955TV Series adaptation - 1 episode
On the Town1949idea

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
West Side Story1961
The Ford 50th Anniversary Show1953TV Movie

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
So You Think You Can Dance2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Making of 'West Side Story'1985TV Movie documentary "West Side Story"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Monitor1959TV Series documentaryInterviewee

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Great Performances1993TV Series with appreciation to - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq2013DocumentaryHimself
Broadway: The American Musical2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself (Memoriam)
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1997TV SpecialHimself
Comme les oiseaux1993DocumentaryChorégraphe
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1990TV SpecialHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1989TV SpecialHimself
The 43rd Annual Tony Awards1989TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Choreography & Winner: Best Direction of a Musical
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1981TV Special documentaryHimself - Honoree
Fred Astaire: Change Partners and Dance1980TV Movie documentaryHimself
Peter Martins, en danser1978DocumentaryHimself
President Kennedy's Birthday Salute1962TV MovieHimself
The 34th Annual Academy Awards1962TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Director & Honorary Award
Person to Person1959TV Series documentaryHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1958TV SeriesHimself - Audience Member / Choreographer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Masters2009TV Series documentaryHimself
West Side Memories2003Video documentaryHimself (1960 interview)
The Theater of Tomorrow1963TV MovieHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1963Sant JordiSant Jordi AwardsBest Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera)West Side Story (1961)· Robert Wise
1962OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorWest Side Story (1961)· Robert Wise
1962Honorary AwardAcademy Awards, USAFor his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film.
1962DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesWest Side Story (1961)· Robert Wise
· Robert E. Relyea (assistant director plaque)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1962Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest DirectorWest Side Story (1961)· Robert Wise
1956Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest ChoreographerProducers' Showcase (1954)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1961NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorWest Side Story (1961)· Robert Wise


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