Jerome Robbins

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Birthday
11, 1918
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Jul 29, 1998 (79)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
11, 1918
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Jul 29, 1998 (79)

About

Dancer, choreographer, and director who won five Tony Awards and two Academy Awards, including one for the 1961 film adaptation of West Side Story, his film directing debut.

Before Fame

He began dancing after dropping out of New York University, where he was studying chemistry, due to financial difficulties.

Trivia

He won Tony Awards for choreographing High Button Shoes, West Side Shoes, and for directing Fiddler on the Roof and Jerome Robbins' Broadway. He was inducted into the National Museum of Dance's Mr. & Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame in 1989 and a documentary about his life called Something to Dance About aired on PBS in 2009.

Family Life

He was born in New York, New York. He was bisexual and at one point was in a relationship with actor Montgomery Clift.

Associated With

He directed the musical film West Side Story, which starred Natalie Wood.