Comden, Betty

Comden, Betty
orig. Elizabeth Cohen

born May 3, 1919, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S.

U.S. musical-comedy writer and lyricist.

Comden formed a nightclub act in 1938 with Adolph Green (b. Dec. 2, 1915, Bronx, N.Y.
d. Oct. 23, 2002, New York, N.Y.), Judy Holliday (1922–65), and others. In 1944 Comden and Green wrote the book and lyrics for Leonard Bernstein's On the Town. They later collaborated with Jule Styne on musicals such as Peter Pan (1954), Bells Are Ringing (1956), and Hallelujah, Baby! (1967, Tony Award). Their lyrics for Wonderful Town (1953), Applause (1970), and On the 20th Century (1978) won them three more Tony Awards. Their screenplays include Singin' in the Rain (1952) and Auntie Mame (1958). "Just in Time" and "The Party's Over" are two of their best-known songs.

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Elizabeth Cohen  American lyricist (b. May 3, 1919, Brooklyn, N.Y.—d. Nov. 23, 2006, New York, N.Y.), collaborated with Adolph Green, and the two made up the musical-comedy team that wrote scripts—and often the lyrics—for many Broadway shows and Hollywood film musicals. They were paired longer than any other writing team in the history of Broadway. Comden studied dramatics at New York University (B.S., 1938). She met Green in 1938 while both were making the rounds of theatrical agents. The Village Vanguard, a bohemian nightclub in Greenwich Village, was seeking a new show, and the group that became known as the Revuers stepped in—Comden, Green, Judy Tuvim (later Judy Holliday), Alvin Hammer, and John Frank. Their satiric show of songs, dances, and skits enjoyed initial success and went from the Vanguard to engagements at uptown theatres and nightclubs and on radio but flopped in Hollywood. In 1944, back in New York, Comden and Green joined with composer Leonard Bernstein and choreographer Jerome Robbins in creating the musical On the Town, which later (1949) was filmed by MGM. In 1951, with Two on the Aisle, Comden and Green began their long collaboration with composer Jule Styne, who created the music for most of their shows, including Peter Pan (1954), Bells Are Ringing (1956), Say, Darling (1958), Do Re Mi (1960), Subways Are for Sleeping (1961), Fade Out–Fade In (1964), Hallelujah, Baby! (1967), and Lorelei (1974). Comden and Green wrote another musical with Bernstein, Wonderful Town (1953), which won them their first Tony Award; they won three others, for Hallelujah, Baby!, Applause (1970), and On the 20th Century (1978). They also wrote several film scripts, including that of Singin' in the Rain (1952), which the American Film Institute later voted the best film musical of all time. Among their best-known songs were “Just in Time” and “The Party's Over.” In 1980 Comden and Green, who died in 2002, were named to the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Comden's memoirs, Off Stage, were published in 1995.

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