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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: Music ... 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".

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