Gender
Female
Born
May 03, 1917
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died
Nov 23, 2006
New York, New York, USA
Performer Writer Lyricist Source Material Other
Also Known As
Basya Cohen [Birthname]
Comments
Biography: Betty Comden was born Basya Cohen on May 3, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York to Leo and Rebecca Cohen. She studied drama at New York University. She married designer and businessman Steven Kyle, with whom she had her children Susanna and Alan. She published her memoir, "Off Stage," in 1995. Her longtime collaborator was Adolph Green. Their professional partnership lasted more than 60 years.

Film/TV Credits: Film credits include: "Singin' in the Rain," "Auntie Mame," "On the Town," "The Band Wagon," "What a Way to Go!," "Good News," "Dummy," "It's Always Fair Weather," "Bells Are Ringing," and "Garbo Talks." Television credits include: "Frasier," "What's My Line?," "Great Performances," "The Match Game," "American Masters," "The Ed Sullivan Show," and "To Tell the Truth."

Other Awards: Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980. Inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981. Comden and Green received Kennedy Center Honors in 1991.

Trivia:
Comden and Green formed a troupe called the Revuers with Judy Holliday and Leonard Benstein, which performed at the Village Vanguard club in Greenwich Village.
The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in her honor on November 28, 2006.
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Prince of Broadway (Aug 24, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017)
  • Book for "On the Twentieth Century" by Betty Comden
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalRevueOriginal
On the Twentieth Century (Mar 15, 2015 - Jul 19, 2015)
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyRevival
On the Town (Oct 16, 2014 - Sep 06, 2015)
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyRevival
Barbara Cook's Broadway! (Mar 28, 2004 - Apr 18, 2004)
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Betty Comden
SpecialConcertOriginal
Wonderful Town (Nov 23, 2003 - Jan 30, 2005)
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyRevival
Elaine Stritch At Liberty (Feb 21, 2002 - May 26, 2002)
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Betty Comden
SpecialSolo Play with musicOriginal
Bells Are Ringing (Apr 12, 2001 - Jun 10, 2001)
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyRevival
Peter Pan (Apr 07, 1999 - Aug 29, 1999)
  • Additional lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyRevival
Peter Pan (Nov 23, 1998 - Jan 03, 1999)
  • Additional lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyRevival
On the Town (Nov 19, 1998 - Jan 17, 1999)
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyRevival
Peter Pan (Nov 26, 1991 - Jan 05, 1992)
  • Additional lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyRevival
The Will Rogers Follies (May 01, 1991 - Sep 05, 1993)
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalOriginal
Peter Pan (Dec 13, 1990 - Jan 20, 1991)
  • Additional lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyRevival
Jerome Robbins' Broadway (Feb 26, 1989 - Sep 01, 1990)
  • Additional text by Betty Comden
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalRevue DanceOriginal
Barbara Cook: A Concert for the Theatre (Apr 15, 1987 - Apr 26, 1987)
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Betty Comden
SpecialConcertOriginal
Singin' in the Rain (Jul 02, 1985 - May 18, 1986)
  • Book adapted by Betty Comden
  • Screenplay by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics for "Moses Supposes" by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyOriginal
A Doll's Life (Sep 23, 1982 - Sep 26, 1982)
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalOriginal
Peter Pan (Sep 06, 1979 - Jan 04, 1981)
  • Additional lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyRevival
The Madwoman of Central Park West (Jun 13, 1979 - Aug 25, 1979)
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyOriginal
On the Twentieth Century (Feb 19, 1978 - Mar 18, 1979)
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
  • Performer: Betty Comden
    • Letitia Primrose - Replacement
MusicalComedyOriginal
A Party with Betty Comden & Adolph Green (Feb 10, 1977 - Apr 30, 1977)
  • Starring: Betty Comden [Performer]
MusicalRevue ComedyRevival
Lorelei (Jan 27, 1974 - Nov 03, 1974)
  • New lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyOriginal
On the Town (Oct 31, 1971 - Jan 01, 1972)
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyRevival
Applause (Mar 30, 1970 - Jul 27, 1972)
  • Book by Betty Comden
MusicalOriginal
Hallelujah, Baby! (Apr 26, 1967 - Jan 13, 1968)
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalOriginal
Fade Out - Fade In (May 26, 1964 - Apr 17, 1965)
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyOriginal
Dylan (Jan 18, 1964 - Sep 12, 1964)
  • The song "New York, New York" from ON THE TOWN used by kind permission of Betty Comden
PlayOriginal
Subways Are for Sleeping (Dec 27, 1961 - Jun 23, 1962)
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyOriginal
An Evening With Yves Montand (Oct 24, 1961 - Dec 16, 1961)
  • "Just in Time" lyrics by Betty Comden
SpecialSoloOriginal
Do Re Mi (Dec 26, 1960 - Jan 13, 1962)
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyOriginal
A Party with Betty Comden & Adolph Green (Dec 23, 1958 - May 23, 1959)
  • Starring: Betty Comden [Performer]
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalRevue ComedyOriginal
Say, Darling (Apr 03, 1958 - Jan 17, 1959)
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
PlayComedy Play with musicOriginal
Bells Are Ringing (Nov 29, 1956 - Mar 07, 1959)
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyOriginal
Peter Pan (Oct 20, 1954 - Feb 26, 1955)
  • Additional lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyOriginal
Wonderful Town (Feb 25, 1953 - Jul 03, 1954)
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyOriginal
Two on the Aisle (Jul 19, 1951 - Mar 15, 1952)
  • Sketches by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalRevueOriginal
Billion Dollar Baby (Dec 21, 1945 - Jun 29, 1946)
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyOriginal
On the Town (Dec 28, 1944 - Feb 02, 1946)
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Also Starring: Betty Comden [Claire DeLoone]
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyOriginal
Peter Pan (Aug 24, 2011 - Apr 28, 2013)
  • Additional lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyRevival
Peter Pan (Sep 24, 2004 - May 28, 2006)
  • Additional lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyRevival
Peter Pan (Nov 07, 1997 - Feb 20, 2000)
  • Additional lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyRevival
Applause (Oct 22, 1996 - Nov 24, 1996)
  • Book by Betty Comden
MusicalRevival
The Will Rogers Follies (Sep 01, 1992 - Nov 27, 1994)
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalOriginal
Jerome Robbins' Broadway (Oct 02, 1990 - Sep 08, 1991)
  • Additional text by Betty Comden
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalRevue DanceOriginal
Peter Pan (Dec 15, 1989 - Nov 24, 1991)
  • Additional lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyRevival
Singin' in the Rain (Jun 10, 1986 - Jun 07, 1987)
  • Book adapted by Betty Comden
  • Screenplay by: Betty Comden
MusicalComedyOriginal
Peter Pan (Jun 15, 1982 - Jul 17, 1983)
  • Additional lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyRevival
Peter Pan (Apr 15, 1981 - Jan 31, 1982)
  • Additional lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyRevival
On the Twentieth Century (Jun 09, 1979 - Nov 25, 1979)
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
MusicalComedyOriginal
On the Twentieth Century (Sep 26, 2005 - Sep 26, 2005)
  • Book by Betty Comden
  • Lyrics by Betty Comden
SpecialBenefit Comedy ConcertRevival
Happy Birthday, Mr. Abbott! (Jun 22, 1987 - Jun 22, 1987)
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Betty Comden
SpecialBenefitOriginal
Jule's Friends at the Palace (May 19, 1974 - May 19, 1974)
  • Performer: Betty Comden [Introduction]
  • Featuring songs with lyrics by Betty Comden
SpecialBenefitOriginal

Tony Award®

Best Original Score

1991 | Winner  | The Will Rogers Follies
Lyrics by Betty Comden
 

Best Book of a Musical

1986 | Nominee  | Singin' in the Rain
Book adapted by Betty Comden
 

Best Book of a Musical

1983 | Nominee  | A Doll's Life
Book by Betty Comden
 

Best Original Score

1983 | Nominee  | A Doll's Life
Lyrics by Betty Comden

Best Book of a Musical

1978 | Winner  | On the Twentieth Century
Book by Betty Comden

Best Original Score

1978 | Winner  | On the Twentieth Century
Lyrics by Betty Comden

Best Musical

1970 | Winner  | Applause
Book by Betty Comden

Best Musical

1968 | Winner  | Hallelujah, Baby!
Lyrics by Betty Comden

Best Composer and Lyricist

1968 | Winner  | Hallelujah, Baby!
Lyrics by Betty Comden
 

Best Musical

1961 | Nominee  | Do Re Mi
Lyrics by Betty Comden
 

Best Musical

1957 | Nominee  | Bells Are Ringing
Lyrics by Betty Comden
 

Best Musical

1957 | Nominee  | Bells Are Ringing
Book by Betty Comden

Best Musical

1953 | Winner  | Wonderful Town
Lyrics by Betty Comden

Theatre World

Award

1945 | Recipient  | On the Town
Also Starring: Betty Comden

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