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George M. Cohan

1) Cohan was born in 1878 in Providence, Rhode Island, to Irish Catholic parents. A baptismal certificate (which gave the wrong first name for his mother) indicated that he was born on July 3, but Cohan and his family always insisted that George had been "born on the Fourth of July!"

  • True or False?

2) First on the violin and then as a dancer, how old was Cohan when he started as a child performer?

  1. 6 years old
  2. 8 years old
  3. 10 years old

3) What year as George’s sister Josephine "Josie” born?

  1. 1876
  2. 1878
  3. 1880

4) He was the fourth member of the family act called The Four Cohans, which included his father Jeremiah "Jere" (Keohane) Cohan, mother Helen "Nellie" Costigan Cohan and sister Josephine "Josie" Cohan Niblo.  The family mostly toured together from 1890 to 1901.

  • True or False?

5) He and his sister made their Broadway debut in 1893 in a sketch.
What was the name of the sketch?

  1. Broadway Dreaming
  2. The Lively Bootblack
  3. Irish Ways

6) What is NOT a Cohan show?

  1. Forty-five Minutes from Broadway
  2. George Washington, Jr.
  3. Elmer Gantry

7) On June 29, 1936, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt presented him with The Congressional Gold Medal for his contributions to World War I morale, in particular the songs "You're a Grand Old Flag" and "Over There." Cohan was the first person in any artistic field selected for this honor, which previously had gone only to military and political leaders, philanthropists, scientists, inventors, and explorers.

  • True or False?

8) From 1899 to 1907, Cohan was married to Ethel Levey (1881–1955), a musical comedy actress and dancer who joined the Four Cohans when his sister married. Levey and Cohan had a daughter, actress Georgette Cohan Souther Rowse (1900–1988).
Who did he marry in 1908?

  1. Helen Grace
  2. Agnes Mary Nolan
  3. Helen Newman

9) Cohan was a devoted baseball fan, regularly attending games of his favorite team. What is the team?

  1. Brooklyn Dodgers
  2. New York Giants
  3. New York Yankees

10) Cohan died of cancer at the age of 64 on November 5, 1942, at his New York City home at 993 Fifth Avenue.
After a large funeral at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York, on Fifth Avenue, where was Cohan buried?

  1. Bronxville Cemetery, Westchester County, New York
  2. New York City Marble Cemetery, Manhattan, New York
  3. Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York

George M. Cohan
[Answers]

1) True  2) B.  3) A.  4) True  5) B.  6) C.  7) True  8) B.  9) B.  10) C.  Plot: Section 141/206, Butternut Plot, Lot 13841.

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