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Dorothy Goetz Berlin
Birth: Feb. 5, 1892
Death: Jul. 17, 1912

First wife of songwriter Irving Berlin. Born in Buffalo, New York to Edward H. and Mary T. Goetz. In 1911, she met Berlin with whom her brother, Ray, had been collaborating. The couple courted and within weeks, Berlin proposed. They were married in February 1912. The couple took a honeymoon trip to Cuba, and were unfortunately met by a typhoid epidemic. Upon their return to the US, she fell ill, her health declining rapidly over the several weeks. Doctors were unable to halt the progress of the disease, and she succumbed at age 20. Berlin was inconsolable for months, when he again returned to composing, one of his first efforts was a tribute to Dorothy: "When I Lost You" which numbered among the several songs he wrote in Dorothy's memory. For more than 13 years, a nearby florist was commissioned to place a fresh white rose on her grave every other day. 
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  Irving Berlin (1888 - 1989)
Forest Lawn Cemetery
Erie County
New York, USA
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Record added: Apr 29, 1998
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