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Also Known As: Elizabeth Cohen Died: November 23, 2006
Born: May 3, 1919 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: lyricist, screenwriter, playwright, actor

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With her writing partner Adolph Green (to whom she is not married), Betty Comden has been responsible for some of the most acclaimed and beloved musicals both on film and on stage. She and Green began their collaboration in 1939 when they formed (with Judy Holliday) "The Revuers", a cabaret act. Their success in such venues as the Village Vanguard and the Blue Angel led to several TV appearances as well. In 1944, Comden and Green wrote their first stage musical, "On the Town", adapted from a Jerome Robbins' ballet that traced one day in the life of three sailors on leave in NYC. They subsequently provided the lyrics (for composers ranging from Leonard Bernstein to Jule Styne to Cy Coleman), book or both for "Wonderful Town" (1953), "Bells Are Ringing" (1957), written especially for Judy Holliday, "Do Re Mi" (1960), "Hallelujah Baby!" (1967), "Applause" (1970), "On the Twentieth Century" (1978), "A Doll's Life" (1982) and "The Will Rogers Follies" (1991). Many of their memorable songs from these shows have become minor classics, like "Ohio" from "Wonderful Town", "The Party's Over" from "Bells Are Ringing" and "Make Someone Happy" from "Do Re Mi".

With her writing partner Adolph Green (to whom she is not married), Betty Comden has been responsible for some of the most acclaimed and beloved musicals both on film and on stage. She and Green began their collaboration in 1939 when they formed (with Judy Holliday) "The Revuers", a cabaret act. Their success in such venues as the Village Vanguard and the Blue Angel led to several TV appearances as well. In 1944, Comden and Green wrote their first stage musical, "On the Town", adapted from a Jerome Robbins' ballet that traced one day in the life of three sailors on leave in NYC. They subsequently provided the lyrics (for composers ranging from Leonard Bernstein to Jule Styne to Cy Coleman), book or both for "Wonderful Town" (1953), "Bells Are Ringing" (1957), written especially for Judy Holliday, "Do Re Mi" (1960), "Hallelujah Baby!" (1967), "Applause" (1970), "On the Twentieth Century" (1978), "A Doll's Life" (1982) and "The Will Rogers Follies" (1991). Many of their memorable songs from these shows have become minor classics, like "Ohio" from "Wonderful Town", "The Party's Over" from "Bells Are Ringing" and "Make Someone Happy" from "Do Re Mi".

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Slaves of New York (1989) Mrs Wheeler
3.
 Garbo Talks (1984) Garbo
5.
 Judy Garland: Beyond the Rainbow (1997) Interviewee
6.
 Oscar Levant: Brillant Shadow (1997) Interviewee
8.
 On the Town in Concert (1993) Narration
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1939:
Formed cabaret act The Revuers with Judy Holliday and Adolph Green
1944:
Feature film acting debut with The Revuers, "Greenwich Village"
1944:
Co-wrote (with Green) the book and lyrics for Broadway hit "On the Town" in which she also acted
1947:
Co-screenwriting debut (with Adolph Green), "Good News"
1952:
With Green, wrote the screenplay for "Singin' in the Rain"
1958:
First performance of stage revue "A Party With Betty Comden and Adolph Green"
1964:
Last screenplay to date, "What a Way to Go"
1970:
Provided book only for the musical "Applause", an adaptation of the film "All About Eve"
1973:
TV adaptation of "Applause" aired on CBS
1977:
Revised production of "A Party With Betty Comden and Adolph Green" opened on Broadway
1984:
First film appearance in forty years, as title character in "Garbo Talks"
1986:
Appeared with Green as a vaudeville team in "Follies in Concert"
1991:
Last Broadway musical to date "The Will Rogers Follies"
1991:
Received Kennedy Center Honors with Adolph Green
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Education

New York University: New York , New York - 1938

Notes

Named Woman of Vision by the EyeBank for Sight Restoration (1991); she had her sight restored by a cornea transplant.

Comden was named to the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Theatre Hall of Fame.

With Adolph Green, received an honorary degree from New York University in May 1999

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husband:
Steven Kyle. Married on January 4, 1942.

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father:
Leo Cohen. Lawyer.
mother:
Rebecca Cohen. Schoolteacher.
daughter:
Susanna Kyle.
son:
Alan Kyle. Died from complications of AIDS.
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"Off-Stage" Simon & Schuster

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