Frances Godowsky, sister to George and Ira Gershwin, died Jan. 18, 1999 in her Manhattan home, according to The New York Times. She was 92.
Mrs. Godowsky, the last surviving Gershwin sibling, often tested new Gershwin songs for her brothers before the tunes were rehearsed and sung in shows by stars of the 1920s. George died in 1937, Ira in 1983 and brother Arthur in 1981.
One of Mrs. Godowsky's last public appearances was Nov. 18, 1998, when 50th Street between Eighth Avenue and Broadway was renamed "Gershwin Way" to honor her brothers. She was escorted by her son, Leopold Godowsky III, whose father, Leopold, died in 1983.
Mrs. Godowsky was a sometimes singer in the 1920s who appeared on Broadway and in vaudeville. She was also a painter. Many years after she first worked in show business, she recorded Gershwin tunes on a 1975 album called "Frances Sings for George and Ira," the Times reported.
She is survived by her son, three daughters, Alexis Gershwin of Beverly Hills, CA, Georgia Keidan of Chappaqua, NY, Nadia Natali of Ojai, CA, and eight grandchildren.