Betty Comden

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Betty Comden

Original Name Basya Cohen
Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Death 23 Nov 2006 (aged 89)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Glendale, Queens County, New York, USA
Plot 1-D-17-308-11
Memorial ID 16757060 · View Source
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Lyricist, Motion Picture Screenwriter. Born Basya Cohen in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, along with her longtime collaborator Adolph Green, she wrote the lyrics and often the librettos for some of the most celebrated musicals of the theatre and motion pictures. During a professional partnership that lasted for more than 60 years, and which finally ended with Adolph Green's death in 2002, they created the stage shows "On the Town," "Wonderful Town," "Peter Pan" and "Bells Are Ringing." Their Hollywood movie credits included the screenplays for two classic musicals, "Singin' in the Rain" (1952) and "The Band Wagon" (1953), as well as "Good News" (1947), "The Barkleys of Broadway" (1949), the adaptation of "On the Town" (1949) for the screen, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" (1949), and "It's Always Fair Weather" (1955). Through the years they worked with composers such as Leonard Bernstein, Cy Coleman, Jule Styne and André Previn, creating songs like "New York, New York," "The Party's Over," "It's Love" and "Some Other Time." Also, Comden and Green wrote "Subways Are for Sleeping" (1961) and "Fade Out-Fade In" (1964), with Carol Burnett and Jack Cassidy and the book for "Applause" (1970), adapted from the film "All About Eve." Betty Comden also performed in films such as Sidney Lumet’s "Garbo Talks" (1984), and James Ivory's "Slaves of New York" (1989).

Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni

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  • Originally Created by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni
  • Added: 23 Nov 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16757060
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Betty Comden (3 May 1917–23 Nov 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16757060, citing Mount Carmel Cemetery, Glendale, Queens County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .