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Songwriting Legend Betty Comden Dies

Written by Caroline Westbrook. Posted in Music, Theatre

Songwriting Legend Betty Comden Dies

Published on November 24, 2006 with No Comments

Betty ComdenRenowned Broadway lyricist Betty Comden has died of heart failure. In a career that spanned more than 60 years Comden, who was 89, was responsible with writing partner Adolph Green for some of the most memorable musicals on Broadway and in film.

Comden was born Elizabeth Cohen in Brooklyn, New York in 1919.

Among the Comden and Green hits were Singin’ In The Rain, The Band Wagon, On The Town and The Barkleys of Broadway. They were also responsible for the songs of the Peter Pan musical.

She started with Green when they were in a group called The Revuers. Later they went on to work with the legendary Leonard Bernstein.

As well as having their own material perfomed by others, Comden and Green recorded a number of albums featuring songs from their musicals.

She was married to Steven Kyle from 1942 until his death in 1979. They had two children, a son Alan, who died in 1990 from AIDS related to his drug abuse, and a daughter, Susanna, who survives her.

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