George Gershwin

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  • Birth Name: Jacob Gershvin
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Died: July 11, 1937
  • Profession: Composer
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Fast Facts

  • Quit school at the age of 15 to concentrate full-time on music.
  • Frequently collaborated with older brother Ira, who wrote lyrics to George's compositions.
  • Received a posthumous Oscar nomination for the song "They Can't Take That Away From Me" from the film Shall We Dance.
  • He and Ira were inspired to write An American in Paris during a 1928 trip to Europe.
  • Had a long-term relationship with composer Kay Swift, who was married to another man.
  • Was thought to be a hypochondriac because of his many illnesses; it was later discovered these illnesses were caused by the undiagnosed brain tumor that ultimately took his life.

Awards

  • 1937, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song): Nominee

Relationships

  • Morris Gershvin — Father
  • Arthur Gershwin — Brother
  • Alan Gershwin — Son
  • Kay Swift — Ex-significant Other
  • Mollie Charleston — Ex-significant Other
  • Rose Gershvin — Mother
  • Paulette Goddard — Ex-significant Other
  • Ira Gershwin — Brother
  • Frances Gershwin Godowsky — Sister

Details

  • Birth Name: Jacob Gershvin
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Died: July 11, 1937
  • Profession: Composer

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