Rose (Rosa) Gershwin (Bruskin)

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Rosa Gershowitz (Bruskin)

Also Known As: "Rose Gershwin"
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, gorod Sankt-Peterburg, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Death: December 16, 1948 (69-77)
Manhattan, New York, New York County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Gershon Bruskin and Mariska Bruskin
Wife of Morris Gershwin (Moishe Gershowitz)
Mother of Ira Gershwin; George Gershwin; Arthur Gershwin and Frances Godowsky

Managed by: Carlos F. Bunge
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About Rose (Rosa) Gershwin (Bruskin)

Mother of Ira, George, Arthur, and Frances Gershwin. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She arrived on the liner "Sorrento" from Hamburg at the New York, New York port of arrival 26 Feb 1892. Changed her name to Rose Bruskin.

She married Moische (Morris) Gershowitz, who she had known in St. Petersburg, on 21 July 1895 in New York, New York. They became naturalized US citizens on 15 Jan 1898.

Rose Bruskin Gershwin was, in George's words, "nervous, ambitious, and purposeful" and "never the doting type." She wanted her children to be educated, feeling that with an education they could at least become teachers. She opposed George's desire to become a musician, thinking of such a career in terms of a $25-a-week piano player. But she did nothing to stand in George's way when he left school to take his first job as a pianist.

"Mrs. Gershwin is level-headed and practical," wrote playwright S. N. Behrman; "I imagine it was she who steered the family through the early years and who helped Gershwin pere to the eminence of a restaurant proprietor."

"When she wanted," wrote lyricist Yip Harburg, "she had the strength of a bulldozer along with her playfulness."

"There was creativity in her family," recalled her daughter, Frances. In her later years, after her husband's death, she dined out nearly every night at Lindy's, a Manhattan haunt popular with theater crowds, and dated some men as well.

cause of death: heart attack

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Rose (Rosa) Gershwin (Bruskin)'s Timeline

January 1875
Saint Petersburg, gorod Sankt-Peterburg, Saint Petersburg, Russia
December 6, 1896
Age 21
New York, NY, United States
September 26, 1898
Age 23
Brooklyn, NY, United States
March 14, 1900
Age 25
New York, NY, United States
December 26, 1906
Age 31
New York, New York County, New York, United States
December 16, 1948
Age 73
New York, New York County, New York, United States