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Original Name
Israel Isidore Beilin
Birth
Talachyn, Vitsebskaya, Belarus
Death
22 Sep 1989 (aged 101)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial
Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Plot
Columbine Plot, Section 69
Memorial ID
88 View Source

Composer. Born Israel Isidore Beilin in Belorussia, the son of a kosher butcher and cantor. The family left Russia to escape religious persecution and settled in New York City, New York, when Irving was 5 years old. In 1907, he published his first song, "Marie From Sunny Italy," under the pen name I. Berlin. Although he never learned to read music, he began as a lyricist with the music publishing partnership of Waterson & Snyder. It was another four years before his first hit song. In 1911, "Alexander's Ragtime Band" was published to popular acclaim. In 1912, he married Dorothy Goetz, who contracted typhoid fever on their honeymoon. When she died four months later, his grief was voiced in the ballad, "When I Lost You." Further songs, such as "Blue Skies," "Cheek to Cheek," "Easter Parade," "Heat Wave," "Oh, How I Hate to Get up in the Morning," "A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody," "Puttin' on the Ritz," and "What'll I Do" have become American standards. Berlin was an Army Infantry Sergeant in World War I and wrote "God Bless America" in 1917. He composed more than 1,500 songs in his 60-year career, and scored numerous stage musicals such as "Annie Get Your Gun" (1946), which included "There's No Business Like Show Business." He scored feature films such as "Puttin' on the Ritz" (1929),"Alexander's Ragtime Band" (1938),"Easter Parade" (1948),"Top Hat" (1935), and 1942's "Holiday Inn," which included what has become one of the most recorded songs in history: "White Christmas." His "God Bless America" was introduced to America on the radio by Kate Smith on Armistice Day, November 11, 1938. Berlin gave all the royalties, over $100,000, to the Boy and Girl Scouts of America. "God Bless America" has been called the unofficial National Anthem of the United States. He was awarded the Army's Medal of Merit from President Harry Truman in 1945. President Dwight D. Eisenhower presented Berlin with the Congressional Gold Medal. Berlin commented, "To me, God Bless America was not just a song, but an expression of my feeling toward the country to which I owe what I have and what I am." Berlin was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning once for "White Christmas." After the failure of the 1962 musical, "Mr. President," he retired. In 1963, he was presented with a Special Tony Award for his contributions to musical theater. He was inducted into the American Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970. In 1977, he was awarded the Freedom Medal from President Gerald Ford. Eventually, he withdrew from public appearances altogether. He succumbed to natural causes at the age of 101. In 2002, the U.S. Army named the Army Entertainment Division World Headquarters at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, "The Irving Berlin Center" in his honor. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7095 Hollywood Blvd.

Composer. Born Israel Isidore Beilin in Belorussia, the son of a kosher butcher and cantor. The family left Russia to escape religious persecution and settled in New York City, New York, when Irving was 5 years old. In 1907, he published his first song, "Marie From Sunny Italy," under the pen name I. Berlin. Although he never learned to read music, he began as a lyricist with the music publishing partnership of Waterson & Snyder. It was another four years before his first hit song. In 1911, "Alexander's Ragtime Band" was published to popular acclaim. In 1912, he married Dorothy Goetz, who contracted typhoid fever on their honeymoon. When she died four months later, his grief was voiced in the ballad, "When I Lost You." Further songs, such as "Blue Skies," "Cheek to Cheek," "Easter Parade," "Heat Wave," "Oh, How I Hate to Get up in the Morning," "A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody," "Puttin' on the Ritz," and "What'll I Do" have become American standards. Berlin was an Army Infantry Sergeant in World War I and wrote "God Bless America" in 1917. He composed more than 1,500 songs in his 60-year career, and scored numerous stage musicals such as "Annie Get Your Gun" (1946), which included "There's No Business Like Show Business." He scored feature films such as "Puttin' on the Ritz" (1929),"Alexander's Ragtime Band" (1938),"Easter Parade" (1948),"Top Hat" (1935), and 1942's "Holiday Inn," which included what has become one of the most recorded songs in history: "White Christmas." His "God Bless America" was introduced to America on the radio by Kate Smith on Armistice Day, November 11, 1938. Berlin gave all the royalties, over $100,000, to the Boy and Girl Scouts of America. "God Bless America" has been called the unofficial National Anthem of the United States. He was awarded the Army's Medal of Merit from President Harry Truman in 1945. President Dwight D. Eisenhower presented Berlin with the Congressional Gold Medal. Berlin commented, "To me, God Bless America was not just a song, but an expression of my feeling toward the country to which I owe what I have and what I am." Berlin was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning once for "White Christmas." After the failure of the 1962 musical, "Mr. President," he retired. In 1963, he was presented with a Special Tony Award for his contributions to musical theater. He was inducted into the American Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970. In 1977, he was awarded the Freedom Medal from President Gerald Ford. Eventually, he withdrew from public appearances altogether. He succumbed to natural causes at the age of 101. In 2002, the U.S. Army named the Army Entertainment Division World Headquarters at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, "The Irving Berlin Center" in his honor. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7095 Hollywood Blvd.

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Irving Berlin
May 11, 1888
September 22, 1989


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  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 88
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/88/irving-berlin: accessed ), memorial page for Irving Berlin (11 May 1888–22 Sep 1989), Find a Grave Memorial ID 88, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave .