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Raised in Los Angeles, where he studied at Eugene Loring's American School of Dance, Howard Jeffrey (6 December 1934, Philadelphia - 2 November 1988, Los Angeles, age 53) danced with American Ballet Theatre and the Ballet Alicia Alonso before assisting Jerome Robbins on the stage and film versions of West Side Story in the 1950s and '60s.
Jeffrey also danced with Robbins's Ballets: USA and assisted Robbins with several other productions. On his own he was the choreographer for Broadway's Georgy Girl (1970) and the films On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) and Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971).
Jeffrey was an assistant film producer for The Turning Point and went on to produce other films and television programs.
Mart Crowley's play Boys in the Band was based on Jeffrey's birthday party. Two characters are modeled after Jeffrey and his roommate Garrett Lewis.
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