Irving wrote a song called God Bless America. The proceeds from this song were donated to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America.
Irving is the only person in the history of the Academy Awards to present himself with the Oscar.
Irving attended school for just 2 years.
Irving ran away from home after the death of his father.
Irving's father died when he was 8 years old.
Irving was the youngest of 8 children.
Irving is buried at Woodlawn Cemetary, New York.
Irving was portrayed by Keith Allen in De-Lovely.
Irving was good friends with Fred Astaire.
Irving could not read music.
Irving had three daughters and a son who died in infancy.
Irving's first wife died of pneumonia and typhoid at the age of 20.
Irving wrote the smash hit White Christmas despite the fact that he is Jewish.
Irving's father was a rabbi.
During his lifetime, Irving composed over 3,000 songs.
Irving: Talent is only the starting point.
Irving: After you get what you want you don't want it.
Irving: A patriotic song is an emotion and you must not embarrass an audience with it, or they will hate your guts.
Irving: Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.
Irving: Never hate a song that's sold a half million copies.
Irving: The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success.