Betty Comden

comden1May 3, 1917 – November 23, 2006

Dubbed “Miss Words” by her writing partner of more than 60 years, Adolph Green, Betty Comden contributed wit and brilliance to popular songs on the stage and screen for most of the 20th Century. The lyricist team of Comden and Green got their start as part of the Greenwich Village troupe The Revuers where they collaborated with other young artists like Judy Holliday and Leonard Bernstein. Along with Bernstein (whom they would work with many times), Comden and Green created their first Broadway musical, On The Town, in 1944. Betty would go on to work with Green in Hollywood, mostly for MGM Studios where they contributed songs to classic film musicals like The Band Wagon and Singin’ in the Rain. Back in New York, they worked with all the major Broadway composers to create – over the course of more than 40 years – quintessential shows like Wonderful Town, On The Twentieth Century and The Will Rogers Follies. The duo would frequently perform their own work in clubs and on stage and continued to write together the rest of their lives. Betty died in a New York hospital at the age of 89.

Burial

Mount Carmel Cemetery – Queens, NY

 

Specific Location

Section 1 (Old), Block D, Section 17, Lot 308, Grave 11; From the main road, locate Block D and Betty’s family plot (SADVORANSKY – COHEN – ALEXANDER) is just behind a large tree at the curb.

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