Irving Berlin (May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989), born Israel Isidore BalineFamous Ellis Island passenger arrivals, in Tyumen, Russia (according to other sources possibly Mogilev, now Belarus), was an American composer and lyricist, one of the most prodigious and famous American songwriters in history.
Berlin, who was Jewish, was one of the few Tin Pan Alley/Broadway songwrit
" The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success. Talent is only a starting point in this business. You've got to keep on working that talent. Someday I'll reach for it and it won't be there.