Jerome Robbins (October 11, 1918 - July 29, 1998) was an American choreographer whose work included everything from classical ballet to contemporary musical theater. Among the numerous stage productions he worked on were “The Pajama Game”, “Gypsy: A Musical Fable” and “Fiddler on the Roof”.
For much of his life, Robbins pursued a career in both ballet and Broadway theatre. On screen, Robbins recreated his stage dances for “The King and I” (1956) and shared the Best Director Oscar with Robert Wise for the film version of “West Side Story” (1961). That same year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored him with a special award for his choreographic achievements on film. By the end of his life in 1998, he would be awarded 5 Tony Awards, 2 Academy Awards, a Kennedy Center Honor, the National Medal of the Arts, the French Legion of Honor, three Honorary Doctorates, and an Honorary Membership in the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
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