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
2) First on the
violin and then as a dancer, how old was Cohan when he started
as a child performer?
- 6 years old
- 8 years old
- 10 years old
3) What year as
George’s sister Josephine "Josie” born?
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.
5) He and his sister
made their Broadway debut in 1893 in a sketch.
What was the name of the sketch?
- Broadway Dreaming
- The Lively Bootblack
- Irish Ways
6) What is
NOT a Cohan show?
- Forty-five Minutes from Broadway
- George Washington, Jr.
- 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.
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?
- Helen Grace
- Agnes Mary Nolan
- Helen Newman
9) Cohan was a devoted baseball fan,
regularly attending games of his favorite team. What is
- Brooklyn Dodgers
- New York Giants
- 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
- Bronxville Cemetery, Westchester
County, New York
- New York City Marble Cemetery,
Manhattan, New York
- Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York