GEORGE M COHAN 1928 Alex Gard, Sardi's artist - MATTED

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• • This is a rare illustration of George M. Cohan done in 1928 by Alex Gard in New York City.
• • • • • • Who was GEORGE M. COHAN? • • • • • •
• • Born in Rhode Island to a pair of traveling vaudeville performers, George M. Cohan [3 July 1878 — 5 November 1942] was an American entertainer, playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer, and producer. Known as "the man who owned Broadway" in the decade before World War I, Cohan is considered the father of American musical comedy.
• • Broadway welcomed "Billie" [October 1928 — January 1929], an original musical. The Playbill noted: Music by George M. Cohan; Produced by George M. Cohan; Book by George M. Cohan; Lyrics by George M. Cohan; Based on the farce "Broadway Jones" by George M. Cohan. It was during the reign of "Billie" that he was sketched by Alex Gard.
• • A full-length dramatic musical entitled "George M" depicting his life and celebrating his music was produced on Broadway in 1968. Cohan was also the subject of the Oscar-winning motion picture "Yankee Doodle Dandy" [1942].
• • • • • • Who was ALEX

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