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Betty Comden

Betty Comden wrote lyrics and librettos for enduring and beloved musicals like Singin’ in the Rain and Peter Pan, winning some of the industry’s highest honors. After graduating from NYU, Comden formed a nightclub act called the Revuers with her future collaborator Adolph Green, Judy Holliday, and others, writing and performing their own material. She and Green teamed up with Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins to write On the Town, their first big hit, in 1944, and joined forces again with Bernstein in 1953 for the Tony-winning Wonderful Town, the same year Comden and Green won a Writer’s Guild Award for Singin’ in the Rain. In her playful lyrics, Comden often poked fun at the excesses of Hollywood and sided with quick-witted women who could talk their way out of trouble over helpless starlets. She worked with composer Adolph Green for almost fifty years on different musicals, winning their final Tony Award together for The Will Rogers Follies in 1991.

Topics: Music, Theater

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Broadway and Hollywood lyricist, Betty Comden (1917-2006).

Photo courtesy of the New York Public Library.

Date of Birth

New York, NY
United States

Date of Death
Songwriter, Singer, Actress

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Betty Comden." (Viewed on December 5, 2020) <https://jwa.org/people/comden-betty>.


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