Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin on U.S. a stamp printed c. 2002, photo by Boris15/

Birth Name: Israel Beilin

Date of Birth: 11 May, 1888

Place of Birth: Tyumen, Russian Empire (now Russia)

Date of Death: September 22, 1989

Place of Death: New York City, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Irving Berlin was an American composer and lyricist. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest songwriters in American history, having written the songs “Easter Parade,” “White Christmas,” “Happy Holiday,” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” His music forms a large part of the Great American Songbook.

Irving was the son of Leah/Lena (Lipkin) and Moishe/Moses Beilin/Baline, who was a cantor in a synagogue. His family was Jewish. His birthplace is usually noted as Tyumen, in the Russian Empire. His parents were born in Vitebsk, Belarus. His family settled in New York City around 1893.

Irving was married to singer Dorothy Goetz, until her death, and then to author Ellin Mackay, until her death. Irving had four children, including critic and memoirist Mary Ellin Barrett, with Ellin. Ellin was the daughter of financier Clarence Mackay and suffragist, socialite, and writer Katherine Duer Mackay.

Source: Death record of Irving Berlin –


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