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Irving Berlin
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    (May 11, 1888-September 22, 1989)
    Birth Name was Israel Baline
    Composed 'White Christmas' and 'God Bless America'
    Wrote the songs 'Alexander's Ragtime Band,' 'When I Lost You,' 'Cheek To Cheek,' 'How Deep Is The Ocean,' 'Blue Skies,' 'Puttin' On The Ritz' and 'There's No Business Like Show Business'
    Wrote the musical 'Annie Get Your Gun (1946)'
    Wrote film scores for 'Top Hat (1935),' 'Holiday Inn (1942),' 'Easter Parade (1948),' 'Call Me Madam (1953)' and 'White Christmas (1954)'
    He suffered from depression.
    He started his own company to publish his music.
    He wrote the best selling song of all time 'White Christmas,' even though he was Jewish.
    He was a recluse for much of his last 20 years.
    He refused to give Steven Spielberg permission to use one of his songs, saying he had one of his own projects in mind, even though he was 98.
    He lived to be 101.
    He began life working as a street singer in New York's Lower East Side.
    The name Berlin came from a spelling mistake on his first song.
    He wrote 'God Bless America.'
    He gave his royalties from the song to the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts of America.

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