Comden, Betty [Cohen, Elizabeth ]
- Gerald Bordman
- , revised by Paul R. Laird
[Cohen, Elizabeth ]
(b New York, NY, May 3, 1917; d New York, NY, Nov 23, 2006). American librettist, lyricist, and actor. She had a lifelong writing partnership with adolph Green (1914–2002). They began their professional careers as members of the Revuers, performing satirical shows in New York nightclubs. Comden and Green wrote most of the group’s sketches. Their collaboration, which usually included creating a show’s lyrics and book, became firmly established with their first musical for Broadway, On the Town (1944, with music by Leonard Bernstein), in which they also performed. They worked again with Bernstein on Wonderful Town (1953), and wrote several shows with Jule Styne: Two on the Aisle (1951), Peter Pan (1954), Bells Are Ringing (1956), Say Darling (1958), Do Re Mi (1960), Subways Are for Sleeping (1961), Fade Out—Fade In...