An American songwriter.
She was dubbed the "Queen of Tin Pan Alley" by Irving Berlin.
She began performing in vaudeville as a child. "Starlight (Help Me Find The One I Love)" (1931), her first published song, was recorded by Bing Crosby.
She also wrote radio themes for CBS. Other notable songs include "Lullaby of the Leaves", "Lady, Play Your Mandolin", "The Lady I Love", "Close Your Eyes", "Starlight", "My River Home", "By a Rippling Stream", "Stay Out of My Dreams", "A Mile a Minute" and "It's All So New to Me", which was featured in the Joan Crawford film "The Ice Follies of 1939" (MGM, 1939).
She was a member of ASCAP and the Writers Guild of America. Her songs have been recorded by Kurt Elling, Tony Bennett, Doris Day, Peggy Lee, Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald,etc.
Petkere died in Los Angeles, California, at age 98.