Richard and fellow songwriter Oscar Hammerstein II were known professionally as "Rodgers and Hammerstein".
Richard wrote all the songs for the hit musical motion picture Oklahoma!.
Richard is an inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
In 1950, Richard and Oscar Hammerstein II received The Hundred Year Association of New York's Gold Medal Award "in recognition of outstanding contributions to the City of New York."
Richard is considered to be a member of the Great American Songbook.
In 1979 Richard was awarded the Lawrence Langner Memorial Award for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in the American Theatre.
In 1990, the 46th Street Theatre was renamed The Richard Rodgers Theatre in honour of Richard contribution to theatre.
Richard attended Columbia University but dropped out in 1923.
Richard wrote the lyrics of the song "You'll Never Walk Alone" for the movie Carousel. The song has since become the anthem of the English soccer club Liverpool F.C.
Richard: What's wrong with sweetness and light? It's been around quite awhile.