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Betty Comden



Though they were never married, writer/lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green were joined at the hip so far as the public was concerned. Betty Comden was doing just fine as a NYU grad and just adequately as a theatre actress when she met fellow performers Green, Judy Holliday and Alvin Hammer. Forming a comedy/revue act called The Revellers, the four young performers were a hit on the New York nightclub circuit when they were brought to Hollywood to appear in the 1944 musical Greenwich Village. Only Judy Holliday was able to go on as a successful solo performer, but Comden and Green flourished as a writing/acting collaboration in such Broadway musicals as On the Town and Billion Dollar Baby, then as non-performing writers and lyricists for such major MGM musicals as Good News (1947), Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949), The Barkleys of Broadway (1949), Singin' in the Rain (1952) and The Band Wagon (1953) (this last film included an ersatz Comden-Green team in the form of Nanette Fabray and Oscar Levant). After their MGM years, Comden and Green collaborated on Broadway hits like Bells are Ringing (1956) and films like What a Way to Go (1964), deftly blending coherent continuity with stinging satire. They were also responsible for the 1967 ABC musical special I'm Getting Married, and have packed the houses with their own two-person stage show. More recently, the team has won Tony awards for the Broadway hits On the Twentieth Century and The Will Rogers Follies. Like Adolph Green, Betty Comden also made a number of late-career acting appearances, notably as Greta Garbo in the closing scenes of Garbo Talks (1984).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Tcm Presents Singin' In The Rain 60th Anniversary Event Encore
  • Screenwriter
2012
No Score Yet Pluck
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet What a Glorious Feeling: The Making of 'Singin' in the Rain'
  • Actor
2002
13% Slaves of New York
  • Mrs. Wheeler
1989
No Score Yet Follies in Concert
  • Emily Whitman
1985
20% Garbo Talks
  • Garbo #2
1984
No Score Yet Follies in Concert
  • Actor
1978
0% What a Way to Go!
  • Screenwriter
1964
78% Bells Are Ringing
  • Screenwriter
1960
92% Auntie Mame
  • Screenwriter
1958
100% It's Always Fair Weather
  • Screenwriter
1955
100% The Band Wagon
  • Screenwriter
1953
100% Singin' in the Rain
  • Screenwriter
1952
96% On the Town
  • Screenwriter
1949
60% The Barkleys of Broadway
  • Screenwriter
1949
No Score Yet Good News
  • Screenwriter
1947

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Performer
  • Actor

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