|Born||Israel Beilin, May 11, 1888, Tolochin, Russian Empire|
|Died||September 22, 1989, Manhattan, New York City, U.S.|
|Occupation||Songwriter, composer, lyricist|
|Known for||Popular songs, ragtime, Broadway musicals, show tunes|
|Children||4, including Mary Barrett|
God Bless America and White Christmas are two of his most famous songs. He was regarded as one of the greatest songwriters in the United States.
In an act of antisemitism, his house was set on fire. Alexander's Ragtime Band, released in 1911, was his first international hit, igniting a worldwide dance frenzy.
Over the course of his six-decade career, he wrote 1,500 songs, had eight Academy Award nominations, and had 25 chart hits. Artists as diverse as Pop Singer Frank Sinatra and Rock Singer Jerry Garcia recorded his music.
In February 1912, he married Dorothy Goetz, the sister of lyricist E. Ray Goetz. Six months after their wedding, she died of typhoid disease. On January 4, 1926, he married heiress Ellin MacKay, with whom he had four children.
He worked with US President Ronald Reagan in the film This is the Army from 1942 in which Kate Smith sang God Bless America, his popular 1918 patriotic number.
Irving Berlin Category. Medal for Merit recipients. Jewish agnostics. Ragtime composers. Best Original Song Academy Award-winning songwriters. Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners. American musical theatre composers. Jewish American songwriters. American agnostics. Congressional Gold Medal recipients. American pianists. Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients
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Latest information about Irving Berlin updated on March 17 2022.