Betty Comden

Lyricist, Playwright, Screenwriter
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 ... Read more »
Born: 05/03/1919 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (27)

The Bronze 2016 (Movie)

("Ohio") (Song)

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 2012 (Movie)

("New York, New York") (Song)

Arthur Christmas 2011 (Movie)

("Make Someone Happy") (Song)

Dummy 2003 (Movie)

("My Own Morning") (Lyrics)

Peter Pan Starring Cathy Rigby 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Small Time Crooks 2000 (Movie)

("Just In Time") (Song)

Mickey Blue Eyes 1999 (Movie)

("Just in Time") (Song)

Ronin 1998 (Movie)

("Our Favorite Son") (Song)

Leonard Bernstein's New York 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

Hearts Afire 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Theme Lyrics

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

lyrics("Baby, You Knock Me Out" from "It's Always Fair Weather" "Thanks a Lot, But No Thanks" from "It's Always Fair Weather") (Theme Lyrics)

Diamonds on the Silver Screen 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Song

Sleepless in Seattle 1993 (Movie)

("Make Someone Happy") (Song)

Dr. Giggles 1992 (Movie)

("The Party's Over") (Song)

29th Street 1991 (Movie)

("Just in Time") (Song)

The Addams Family 1991 (Movie)

("Mamushka") (Song)

Bert Rigby, You're a Fool 1989 (Movie)

("Moses Supposes") (Song)

Evening at Pops (07/16/88) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Song

Tony Bennett 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Song

Evening at Pops (07/11/87) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Song

The Return of Captain Invincible 1983 (Movie)

("New York New York") (Song)

Frances 1982 (Movie)

("Million Dollar Baby") (Song)

Blue Sunshine 1979 (Movie)

("Just in Time") (Song)

What a Way to Go! 1963 (Movie)

lyrics("I Think That You and I Should Get Acquainted" "Musical Extravaganza") (Theme Lyrics)

Wonderful Town 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

Theme Lyrics

It's Always Fair Weather 1955 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)

On the Town 1949 (Movie)

lyrics (Theme Lyrics)
Actor (19)

Judy Garland: Beyond the Rainbow 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Oscar Levant: Brillant Shadow 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Musicals Great Musicals 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

On the Town in Concert 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Performer

Music By Richard Rodgers 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Bernstein at 70 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Slaves of New York 1989 (Movie)

Mrs Wheeler (Actor)

Broadway Sings: The Music of Jule Styne 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Film Institute Salute to Gene Kelly 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Performer

Garbo Talks 1984 (Movie)

Garbo (Actor)

Follies in Concert (TV Show)

Actor

Greenwich Village (Movie)

Herself (Actor)
Writer (14)

Applause 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Writer

Let's Celebrate 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Writer

What a Way to Go! 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bells Are Ringing 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bells Are Ringing 1960 (Movie)

("Bells Are Ringing") (Play as Source Material)

Auntie Mame 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

It's Always Fair Weather 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Band Wagon 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Singin' in the Rain 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Singin' in the Rain 1952 (Movie)

(From Story)

On the Town 1949 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

On the Town 1949 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

Good News (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Barkleys of Broadway (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Biography

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."

Relationships

Susanna Kyle

Daughter

Leo Cohen

Father

Rebecca Cohen

Mother

Steven Kyle

Husband
married on January 4, 1942

Alan Kyle

Son
died from complications of AIDS

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York 1938

Milestones

1991

Last Broadway musical to date "The Will Rogers Follies"

1991

Received Kennedy Center Honors with Adolph Green

1986

Appeared with Green as a vaudeville team in "Follies in Concert"

1984

First film appearance in forty years, as title character in "Garbo Talks"

1977

Revised production of "A Party With Betty Comden and Adolph Green" opened on Broadway

1973

TV adaptation of "Applause" aired on CBS

1969

Provided book only for the musical "Applause", an adaptation of the film "All About Eve"

1964

Last screenplay to date, "What a Way to Go"

1958

First performance of stage revue "A Party With Betty Comden and Adolph Green"

1952

With Green, wrote the screenplay for "Singin' in the Rain"

1947

Co-screenwriting debut (with Adolph Green), "Good News"

1943

Co-wrote (with Green) the book and lyrics for Broadway hit "On the Town" in which she also acted

1943

Feature film acting debut with The Revuers, "Greenwich Village"

1939

Formed cabaret act The Revuers with Judy Holliday and Adolph Green

Bonus Trivia

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

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

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

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