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Overview (3)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in New York City, New York, USA  (heart failure)
Birth NameTilly Edelstein

Mini Bio (1)

Gertrude was born in New York City and her father owned a summer resort hotel. While in her teens, she wrote dialogues about her father and grandfather and recited them to guests at the hotel. This was the beginning of her writing which eventually led her to write "The Goldbergs". She married British-born Lewis Berg who was a chemical engineer and they moved to Louisiana where they lived on a sugar plantation for several years. Eventually they moved back to new York in the same neighborhood where Gertrude grew up. Gertrude returned to college in late 20's. During this time a friend took her to a radio network executive for whom she read one of her scripts. He liked it so much, he said he would put the show on the radio as a series if she would play the leading role. It premiered in 1929 and lasted till 1946 with over 5000 scripts. In 1949, "The Goldbergs" debuted on television and had a five year run. According to Gertrude, she turned out over 15 million words and 10,000 performances during this run. Gertrude was a lady of great modesty who was universally loved and respected. But she did keep track of career with scrapbooks that reached over 100. She was regarded as homey as apple. Milton Berle called her "Goodness personified". Actress Faye Emerson said she had "the face of mother". Gertrude's career included stage, screen, record albums, books, and live television.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bill Hafker thehuntzie@yahoo.com

Spouse (1)

Lewis Berg (1918 - 14 September 1966) (her death) (3 children)

Trivia (7)

Getrude Berg's "The Goldbergs" (on NBC and CBS from 1931 to 1950) was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1989.
Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald S. Smith, pg. 44-45. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
Won Broadway's 1959 Tony Award as Best Actress (Dramatic) for "A Majority of One."
Profiled in book "Funny Ladies" by Stephen Silverman. [1999]
In 1952, Gertrude and hes husband adopted two war orphans who resided in Europe with foster families. They were a 10 year old Italian boy and a 12 year old French girl.
Awards received were the Quaker City Humanitarian Award, Veterans of Foreign Wars Citation, Girls club of American Motherhood medal, U.S. Treasury department certificate of Merit, and the National Conference of Christians and Jews plaque.
Her two children were Cherney Berg (1922-2003) and Harriet (1926-2003).

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