IRVING BERLIN Biography - Theater, Opera and Movie personalities


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Name: Israel Isidore Baline                                                     
Born: 11 May 1888 Mogilev, Russian Empire (now Belarus)                         
Died: 22 September 1989 New York City, New York, United States                   
Irving Berlin (May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989) was a                       
Russian born naturalized American composer and lyricist, and one of the most     
prolific American songwriters in history. Berlin was one of the few Tin Pan     
Alley/Broadway songwriters who wrote both lyrics and music for his songs.       
Although he never learned to read music beyond a rudimentary level, with the     
help of various uncredited musical assistants or collaborators, he eventually   
composed over 3,000 songs, many of which (e.g. "God Bless America," "White       
Christmas," "Anything You Can Do," "There's No Business Like Show Business")     
left an indelible mark on American music and culture. He composed seventeen film 
scores and twenty-one Broadway scores.