Betty Comden

as Herself - Winner: Best Original Score in the movie The 45th Annual Tony Awards

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Real name is Cohen, Elizabeth
Was born at 3 May 1915 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA . Died at 23 November 2006, New York City, New York, USA (heart failure)

Songwriter ("New York, New York", "Lonely Town", "The Party's Over","Just in Time"), author and actress. educated at New York Universitywith a Bachelor of Science degree. While a student, she acted with theWashington Square Players. She was a member of the Revuers, a nightclub act which also included Judy Holliday and Adolph Green.

She wrotethe Broadway stage scores for "Wonderful Town" (which garnered a Tonyaward from the NY Drama Critics in 1953), "Peter Pan", and "Do Re Mi". She was also the co-librettist for "On The Town", "Billion DollarBaby", "Two in the Aisle", "Bells Are Ringing", "Say, Darling","Subways Are For Sleeping", and "Fade Out - Fade In". She appeared withAdolph Green on stage in "A Party", and on television. Joining ASCAP in1945, her chief lyrics, libretto and screenplay collaborator was AdolphGreen, and her chief musical collaborators were Leonard Bernstein, JuleStyne, Morton Gould, and Andre Previn. Her other popular-songcompositions include "I Get Carried Away", "I Can Cook, Too", "SomeOther Time", "Lucky to Be Me", "Bad Timing", "Ohio", "A Little Bit inLove", "It's Love", "A Quiet Girl", "The French Lesson", "If You Hadn'tBut You Did", "Give a Little, Get a Little", "There Never Was a BabyLike My Baby", "Long Before I Knew You", "Never-Never Land","Something's Always Happening on the River", "Dance Only With Me","Adventure", "Make Someone Happy", "Fireworks", "Ride Through theNight", "Comes Once in a Lifetime", "I'm Just Taking My Time", "Now","Fade Out - Fade In", and "Get Acquainted".

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There is some small facts about Betty Comden:
  • Predeceased by her husband, Steven Kyle, and son, Alan.
  • Daughter Suzanne attended the original Woodstock Music Festival (1969).
  • Has won seven Tony Awards, always with collaborator 'Adolph Green (I)' : in 1953, lyrics as part of Best Musical win for "Wonderful Town;" in 1968, as Best Composer and Lyricist, with 'Jule Styne' , and lyrics as part of Best Musical win for "Hallelujah, Baby!;" in 1970, book as part of Best Musical win for "Applause;" in 1978, as Best Score, lyrics with music by 'Cy Coleman' , and Best Book (Musical) for "On the Twentieth Century;" and in 1991, as Best Score (Musical), lyrics with music by Coleman, for "The Will Rogers Follies." In addition, the team of Comden and Green received five other nominations: in 1957, book with music by Styne for Best Musical nominee "Bells Are Ringing;" in 1961, lyrics with music by Styne for Best Musical nominee "Do Re Mi;" in 1983, for Best Score, lyrics with music by 'Larry Grossman (I)' , and Best Book (Musical) for "A Doll's Life;" and in 1986, Best Book (Musical) for "Singin' in the Rain," the stage version of their signature film, Singin' in the Rain (1952) .
  • Their 60-year collaboration was such that many believed Betty Comden and Adolph Green, whose musicals won five Tony Awards, were married. Instead, the beautiful music they made together graced the stage and screen, and included the classic Broadway musical "On the Town" and the film "Singin' in the Rain." On Broadway, Comden and Green (the billing was always alphabetical) worked most successfully with composers Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne and Cy Coleman. The duo wrote lyrics and often the books for more than a dozen shows, many of them built around such stars as Rosalind Russell, Judy Holliday, Phil Silvers, Carol Burnett and Lauren Bacall. Among their Tonys, three were for best musical for their shows "Wonderful Town," "Hallelujah, Baby!" and "Applause." The duo received the Kennedy Center honors in 1991. "It's a kind of radar," Comden once said of her partnership with Green. "We don't divide the work up, taking different scenes. We sit in the same room always. I used to write things down in shorthand. I now sit at the typewriter. Adolph paces more. A lot of people don't believe this, but at the end of the day we usually don't remember who thought up what.".
  • Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980.
  • When writing Singin' in the Rain (1952) with 'Adolph Green (I)' at MGM, many studio personnel had been around since the silent days, and their recollections were the source for gags about the perils of early sound filming. One came from costume designer 'Walter Plunkett' , who contributed to the comical scene in Singin' in the Rain (1952) where the actors are shooting an early talking film. Lina Lamont ('Jean Hagen' ) taps Don Lockwood ('Gene Kelly (I)' ) on the shoulder with her fan but causes a thunderous noise on the soundtrack by disturbing a microphone hidden in Lockwood's clothing. This was based on a similar incident during a film on which Walter Plunkett worked at RKO, Rio Rita (1929) starring 'Bebe Daniels' and 'John Boles' .
Also look some video clip about Betty Comden:
There is the list of movies, where Betty Comden was taked part:
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1 Bells Are Ringing: Just in Time movie Bells Are Ringing: Just in Time 2005 as Herself
2 Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age movie Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age 2016 as Herself
3 Greenwich Village movie Greenwich Village 1944 as Hat Check Girl/Revuer
4 Its Always Fair Weather movie Its Always Fair Weather 1955 as Woman on phone
5 The 33rd Annual Academy Awards movie The 33rd Annual Academy Awards 1961 as Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Film Editing
6 The 79th Annual Academy Awards movie The 79th Annual Academy Awards 2007 as Herself - Memorial Tribute
7 The American Film Institute Salute to Gene Kelly movie The American Film Institute Salute to Gene Kelly 1985 as Herself
8 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts movie The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1980 as Herself
9 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts movie The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1982 as Herself
10 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts movie The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1992 as Herself
11 Broadway: The American Musical movie Broadway: The American Musical 2004 as Herself
12 Whats My Line? movie Whats My Line? 1950 as Herself - Mystery Guest
13 AFIs 100 Years... 100 Songs: Americas Greatest Music in the Movies movie AFIs 100 Years... 100 Songs: Americas Greatest Music in the Movies 2004 as Herself
14 Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There movie Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There 2003 as Herself
15 Garbo Talks movie Garbo Talks 1984 as Garbo
16 Get Aboard! The Band Wagon movie Get Aboard! The Band Wagon 2005 as Herself
17 Slaves of New York movie Slaves of New York 1989 as Mrs. Wheeler
18 Thats Entertainment!: The Masters Behind the Musicals movie Thats Entertainment!: The Masters Behind the Musicals 2004 as Herself
19 The 20th Annual Tony Awards movie The 20th Annual Tony Awards 1966 as Herself - Presenter: Best Performance by Leading Actor in a Play
20 The 22nd Annual Tony Awards movie The 22nd Annual Tony Awards 1968 as Herself
21 The 23rd Annual Tony Awards movie The 23rd Annual Tony Awards 1969 as Herself - Presenter: Special Award to Leonard Bernstein
22 The 24th Annual Tony Awards movie The 24th Annual Tony Awards 1970 as Herself
23 The 32nd Annual Tony Awards movie The 32nd Annual Tony Awards 1978 as Herself - Winner: Best Book of a Musical & Best Original Score
24 The 39th Annual New Dramatists Benefit movie The 39th Annual New Dramatists Benefit 1992 as Herself
25 The 45th Annual Tony Awards movie The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1991 as Herself - Winner: Best Original Score
26 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts movie The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1991 as Herself - Honoree
27 What a Glorious Feeling: The Making of Singin in the Rain movie What a Glorious Feeling: The Making of Singin in the Rain 2002 as Herself
28 American Masters movie American Masters 1985 as Herself
29 Biography movie Biography 1987 as Herself
30 Frasier movie Frasier 1993 as Linda
31 Great Performances movie Great Performances 1971 as Herself
32 Omnibus movie Omnibus 1967 as Herself
33 That Was the Week That Was movie That Was the Week That Was 1964 as Herself
34 The David Frost Show movie The David Frost Show 1969 as Herself
35 The Mike Douglas Show movie The Mike Douglas Show 1961 as Herself
36 The Tonight Show movie The Tonight Show 1962 as Herself
37 Theater Talk movie Theater Talk 1996 as Herself
38 To Tell the Truth movie To Tell the Truth 1956 as Guest Panelist
39 Toast of the Town movie Toast of the Town 1948 as Singer
40 Tonight Starring Jack Paar movie Tonight Starring Jack Paar 1957 as Herself
There is the list of some articles of Betty Comden:
  • "The New York Times" (USA), 7 September 2007, Vol. 156, Iss. 54.060, pg. E6, by: Lawrence Van Gelder, "Betty Comden Tribute"
  • "The Times" (UK), 28 November 2006, by: Anonymous, "Betty Comden"
  • "The Daily Telegraph" (UK), 27 November 2006, by: Anonymous, "Betty Comden"
  • "The Guardian" (UK), 27 November 2006, by: Christopher Hawtree, "Betty Comden"
  • "The Independent Newspaper" (UK), 27 November 2006, Iss. 6276, pg. 36, by: Tom Vallance, "Obituary: Lyricist and librettist whose musicals include 'Singin' in the Rain' and 'On the Town'"
  • "The New York Times" (USA), 24 November 2006, by: Robert Berkvist, "Betty Comden, Half of Lyrics Team Behind Musicals of Grace and Wit, Dies at 89"
  • "Films in Review" (USA), May 1992, Vol. XLIII, Iss. 5/6, pg. 154 - 156, by: Jeff Laffel, "Betty Comden and Adolph Green (Part 2)"
  • "Films in Review" (USA), 1 April 1992, Vol. XLIII, Iss. 3/4, pg. 75-85, by: Jeff Laffel, "Betty Comden and Adolph Green Part 1"
There is the list of some quotes of Betty Comden:
  • I remember the first time we were referred to as Comden and Green. I hated it, and not because I hated the team. Far from it. It was Frank Loesser who introduced us that way, and it felt so personal, as if we were objects and always went together with an 'and.'
  • [on Vincente Minnelli]: Vincente was a highly visual director. It was very important to him where an ashtray was placed; it could not be an eighth of an inch out of the way.
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