Best Known For
Irving Berlin was one of the most prolific and popular songwriters of the 20th century, counting among his many hits "White Christmas" and "Cheek to Cheek."
Think you know about Biography?
Answer questions and see how you rank against other players.Play Now
Berlin shaped patriotic fervor as well with his composition of "God Bless America," first sung by Kate Smith in 1938 and becoming an "unofficial" national anthem of the United States. After the war, Berlin struck Broadway gold again with 1946's Annie Get Your Gun,
inspired by the life of Annie Oakley. The smash musical starred Ethel Merman and featured a slew of popular songs like "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better," "I Got the Sun in the Morning" and "There's No Business Like Show Business." Berlin had another hit with Merman with the 1950 musical Call Me Madam, which was also turned into a 1953 film.
Irving Berlin would ultimately be nominated for nine Academy Awards with seven nods in the song category, winning in 1943 for "White Christmas." Many of Berlin's songs became popular hits and are considered part of the standards canon, having been covered by a multitude of artists who include Shirley Bassey, Nat King Cole, Diana Krall, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Frank Sinatra and Nancy Wilson.
After crafting the 1962 musical Mr. President, Berlin retired, spending ample time in his Catskill Mountains home and eventually withdrawing from public appearances. Nonetheless, he continued to receive accolades and an outpouring of praise for his magnificent contributions to the musical landscape. He died in New York City on September 22, 1989, at the age of 101.
© 2013 A+E Networks. All rights reserved.
profile name: Irving Berlin profile occupation:
Sign in with Facebook to see how you and your friends are connected to famous icons.
Your Friends' Connections
Included In These Groups
In entertainment, where the line between fiction and reality is often blurry, names are a crucial part of a celebrity's image. Stage names are often chosen to make an actor or musician's name easier to pronounce or remember, or simply to make it sounds more attractive. Here are famous celebrities who have changed their names.
Name Changers 236 people in this group
Best Song Oscar Winners 26 people in this group
Originally called Toast of the Town, The Ed Sullivan Show ran from 1948-1971 on CBS and was an American staple in the 50s and 60s. The American variety show featured the Who's Who of celebritydom over the decades, including Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Tony Bennett, Carol Channing, Lucille Ball, The Jackson 5, and The Doors.
The Ed Sullivan Show Guests 215 people in this group