Betty Comden Net Worth

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Betty Comden (May 3, 1917 – November 23, 2006) was one-half of the musical-comedy duo Comden and Green, who provided lyrics, libretti, and screenplays to some of the most beloved and successful Hollywood musicals and Broadway shows of the mid-20th century. Her writing partnership with Adolph Green lasted for six decades, during which time they collaborated with other leading entertainment figures such as the famed "Freed Unit" at MGM, Jule Styne and Leonard Bernstein, and wrote the musical comedy film Singin' in the Rain.

Full NameBetty Comden
Date Of BirthMay 3, 1917, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
DiedNovember 23, 2006, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of BirthBrooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
ProfessionSoundtrack, Writer, Music Department
EducationErasmus Hall High School
SpouseSteven Kyle (m. 1942–1979)
ChildrenAlan Kyle, Susanna Kyle
ParentsLeo Cohen, Rebecca Cohen
AwardsTony Award for Best Musical, Kennedy Center Honors, Tony Award for Best Original Score, Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written Musical, Outer Critics Circle Award fo...
NominationsMastercard Best New Musical, Grammy Award for Song of the Year, Academy Award for Best Story and Screenplay, Drama League Award for Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical
MoviesSingin' in the Rain, On the Town, It's Always Fair Weather
Star SignTaurus
1[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.
2I 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.'
1When writing Singin' in the Rain (1952) with Adolph Green 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) 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.
2Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980.
3Their 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.".
4Has won seven Tony Awards, always with collaborator Adolph Green: 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, 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).
5Daughter Suzanne attended the original Woodstock Music Festival (1969).
6Predeceased by her husband, Steven Kyle, and son, Alan.


Speechless1994lyrics: "Just In Time"
Takin' Over the Asylum1994TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Léon: The Professional1994lyrics: "I Like Myself"
Northern Exposure1994TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
That's Entertainment! III1994Documentary lyrics: "On the Town" 1944, "Baby, You Knock Me Out" 1955, "Thanks a Lot, but No Thanks" 1955 - uncredited
Mystery Science Theater 30001993TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sleepless in Seattle1993writer: "Make Someone Happy"
Dr. Giggles1992writer: "The Party's Over"
MGM: When the Lion Roars1992TV Mini-Series documentary lyrics - 1 episode
The Addams Family1991lyrics: "Mamushka"
29th Street1991writer: "Just in Time"
The 45th Annual Tony Awards1991TV Special lyrics: "Will-A-Mania", "Favorite Son"
It's Garry Shandling's Show.1987TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
A Musical Toast: The Stars Shine on Public Television1987TV Movie lyrics: "Some Other Time"
The 40th Annual Tony Awards1986TV Special lyrics: "It's Love", "My Own Morning"
The Benny Hill Show1986TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The 39th Annual Tony Awards1985TV Special lyrics: "Never Never Land", "The Party's Over", "Make Someone Happy", "My Own Morning", "Our Private World"
That's Dancing!1985Documentary lyrics: "Moses"
The Return of Captain Invincible1983lyrics: "New York, New York"
The 32nd Annual Tony Awards1978TV Special lyrics: "On The Twentieth Century"
The Muppet Show1978TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Blue Sunshine1977lyrics: "Just In Time"
Dinah!1977TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
That's Entertainment, Part II1976Documentary lyrics: "I Like Myself" 1954 - uncredited
The Sweeney1975TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
That's Entertainment!1974lyrics: "The French Lesson" 1947, "New York, New York" 1944 - uncredited
Magnavox Presents Frank Sinatra1973TV Special documentary writer: "New York, New York"
The Graham Kennedy Show1973TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Doris Day Show1970TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Liza1970TV Movie writer: "New York, New York"
The Merv Griffin Show1968TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The Dean Martin Show1968TV Series writer - 1 episode
The 22nd Annual Tony Awards1968TV Special lyrics: "Smile, Smile"
The Carol Burnett Show1967TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Monkees1967TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Hollywood Palace1966TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The Danny Kaye ShowTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 1965 writer - 1 episode, 1963
Now1965Documentary short writer: "Now"
What a Way to Go!1964lyrics: "I Think that You and I Should Get Acquainted", "Musical Extravaganza"
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1963TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The Dick Van Dyke Show1963TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The Judy Garland Show1962TV Special lyrics: "Just in Time"
Yves Montand on Broadway1961TV Movie lyrics: "Just in Time" - uncredited
Make Room for Daddy1955-1961TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1961TV Series writer - 1 episode
Glenn Miller Time1961TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Peter Pan1960TV Special lyrics: "Never-Never Land", "Wendy", "O My Mysterious Lady", "Ugg-a-Wugg", "Distant Melody", "Hook's Waltz"
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1958-1960TV Series lyrics - 3 episodes
Bells Are Ringing1960lyrics: "Bells Are Ringing" 1956, "It's a Perfect Relationship" 1956, "Do It Yourself" 1956, "It's a Simple Little System" 1956, "Better Than a Dream" 1956, "I Met a Girl" 1956, "I Love Your Sunny Teeth" 1956, "Oh How It Hurts" 1956, "Hot and Cold" 1956, "Mu Cha Cha" 1956, "Just In Time" 1956, "Drop That Name" 1956, "The Party's Over" 1956, "The Midas Touch" 1956, "I'm Going Back" 1956 - uncredited
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1960TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: To the Ladies1960TV Special lyrics: "Lonely Town" - uncredited
Wonderful Town1958TV Movie lyrics: "Christopher Street", "Ohio", "One Hundred Easy Ways", "What a Waste", "A Little Bit in Love", "Conversation Piece", "A Quiet Girl", "Conga!", "My Darlin' Eileen", "Swing!", "It's Love", "Wrong Note Rag", "Finale: It's Love reprise"
The Frank Sinatra Show1958TV Series lyrics - 3 episodes
The Lux Show1958TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Patrice Munsel Show1958TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Country Style, U.S.A.1958TV Series short lyrics - 1 episode
Designing Woman1957lyrics: "Music Is Better than Words" - uncredited
The Nat King Cole Show1956-1957TV Series lyrics - 2 episodes
Omnibus1956TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
MGM Parade1955TV Series lyrics - 2 episodes
It's Always Fair Weather1955lyrics: "March, March" 1955, "The Time for Parting" 1955, "Once Upon a Time" 1955, "Thanks a Lot, but No Thanks" 1955, "I Shouldn't Have Come" 1955, "Music Is Better Than Words" 1955, "Saturation-Wise" 1955, "I Like Myself" 1955, "Stillman's Gym" 1955, "Baby, You Knock Me Out" 1955 - uncredited
Singin' in the Rain1952lyrics: "Moses Supposes" 1952
The Frank Sinatra Show1950TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
On the Town1949lyrics: "New York, New York", "Come Up to My Place", "I Feel Like I'm Not Out of Bed Yet" uncredited, "Prehistoric Man" uncredited, "Main Street" uncredited, "You're Awful" uncredited, "On the Town" uncredited, "Count on Me" uncredited, "That's All There Is, Folks" uncredited
Take Me Out to the Ball Game1949lyrics: "Yes, Indeedy", "O'Brien to Ryan to Goldberg", "The Right Girl for Me", "It's Fate Baby, It's Fate" - uncredited
Good News1947writer: "The French Lesson" - uncredited
The Audition2015/IIIShort writer: "Just In Time"
The 69th Annual Tony Awards2015TV Movie lyrics: "Lucky to Be Me", "New York, New York", "Times Square Ballet", "On the Twentieth Century", "I've Got It All", "Babette"
The Bronze2015writer: "Ohio"
Peter Pan Live!2014TV Movie lyrics: "Never Never Land", "Vengeance", "Wendy", "Only Pretend", "A Wonderful World Without Peter", "True Blood Brothers", "Distant Melody", "Hook's Waltz", "Only Pretend/Tender Shepherd Reprise", "Finale Ultimo"
Strictly Come Dancing2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance2009-2014TV Series lyrics - 3 episodes
Criminal Minds2013TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Bunheads2013TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
GleeTV Series lyrics - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2011
30 Rock2012TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Liz & Dick2012TV Movie writer: "Just In Time"
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted2012writer: "New York, New York"
Arthur Christmas2011writer: "Make Someone Happy"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Gent de paraula2011TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Sing Your Song2011Documentary writer: "Just in Time"
Sir John Dankworth at the BBC2010TV Movie writer: "Just In Time", "Make Someone Happy"
Chico & Rita2010writer: "On the Town"
One Night Only: Barbra Streisand and Quartet at the Village Vanguard - September 26,20092010Video writer: "Make Someone Happy", "Some Other Time"
Saturday Night Live2010TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
BBC Proms2009TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing2009Video documentary lyrics: "New York, New York" - uncredited
Nancy LaMott: I'll Be Here with You2008Video writer: "Some Other Time"
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure2008TV Movie documentary lyrics: "New York, New York" - uncredited
American Masters2007TV Series documentary lyrics - 1 episode
The 61st Annual Tony Awards2007TV Special lyrics: "Look Around"
Tony Bennett: An American Classic2006TV Special writer: "Just in Time"
Ugly Betty2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tony Bennett: Duets - The Making of an American Classic2006Video lyrics: "Just in Time"
Lost2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Inside the Actors Studio2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
The 58th Annual Tony Awards2004TV Special lyrics: "Swing!"
Before Sunset2004writer: "Just In Time"
Curb Your Enthusiasm2004TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The 57th Annual Tony Awards2003TV Special lyrics: "New York, New York"
Six Feet Under2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
The 56th Annual Tony Awards2002TV Special lyrics: "New York, New York"
Dummy2002lyrics: "My Own Morning" 1967
Elaine Stritch at Liberty2002TV Movie documentary writer: "There Never Was A Baby Like My Baby", "The Party's Over"
Sex and the CityTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2002 performer - 1 episode, 2002
The 55th Annual Tony Awards2001TV Special lyrics: "I'm Going Back"
Trixie2000writer: "The Late Late Show"
Small Time Crooks2000lyrics: "Just in Time"
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
Great Performances1999TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Mickey Blue Eyes1999writer: "Just in Time"
Wild Wild West1999writer: "Arise"
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine1998TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ronin1998lyrics: "Our Favorite Son"
Eddie1996lyrics: "NEW YORK, NEW YORK"


Great Performances1993TV Series 1 episode
Applause1973TV Movie
ABC Stage 671967TV Series 1 episode
Loistokaupunki1966TV Movie musical play "On the Town"
Hallo - Mr. Moss1965TV Movie musical
What a Way to Go!1964screenplay
Bells Are Ringing1960musical play "Bells Are Ringing" / screen play
Auntie Mame1958screenplay
It's Always Fair Weather1955screenplay / story
The Band Wagon1953story by
Singin' in the Rain1952story by
On the Town1949based upon the musical play whose book was by / screenplay
The Barkleys of Broadway1949original screenplay
Good News1947screenplay

Music Department

The Will Rogers Follies1991TV Movie lyrics - uncredited
ABC Stage 671967TV Series lyricist - 1 episode
Bells Are Ringing1960lyricist / lyricist: musical play
Wonderful Town1958TV Movie lyrics by
It's Always Fair Weather1955songs: lyrics by
Producers' Showcase1955TV Series additional lyrics - 1 episode
On the Town1949additional songs: lyrics by / based upon the musical play: lyrics by


Frasier1994TV SeriesLinda
Slaves of New York1989Mrs. Wheeler
Garbo Talks1984Garbo (uncredited)
It's Always Fair Weather1955Woman on phone (voice, uncredited)
Greenwich Village1944Hat Check Girl / Revuer (uncredited)


What a Glorious Feeling: The Making of 'Singin' in the Rain'2002Video documentary short thanks
Dummy2002special thanks
That's Entertainment! III1994Documentary grateful acknowledgment: to the extraordinary composers and lyricists / grateful acknowledgment: to the music arrangers and orchestrators
Great Performances1993TV Series with appreciation to - 1 episode
That's Entertainment, Part II1976Documentary acknowledgement: the special style and content of the musical sequences were created by
That's Entertainment!1974acknowledgment: helped to give films their special style and sound


Pluck2006Documentary short
Get Aboard! The Band Wagon2005Video documentary shortHerself
Broadway: The American Musical2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
That's Entertainment!: The Masters Behind the Musicals2004Video documentary shortHerself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs: America's Greatest Music in the Movies2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Biography1997-2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There2003DocumentaryHerself
What a Glorious Feeling: The Making of 'Singin' in the Rain'2002Video documentary shortHerself
American Masters2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Theater Talk1997TV SeriesHerself
Great Performances1986-1996TV SeriesHerself / Host / Narrator / ...
The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story1996DocumentaryHerself
Omnibus1994TV Series documentaryHerself
L'encyclopédie audio-visuelle1993TV Series documentary
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1992TV SpecialHerself
The 39th Annual New Dramatists Benefit1992TV MovieHerself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1991TV SpecialHerself - Honoree
The 45th Annual Tony Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Original Score
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Gene Kelly1985TV Special documentaryHerself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1982TV SpecialHerself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1980TV SpecialHerself
The 32nd Annual Tony Awards1978TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Book of a Musical & Best Original Score
The Mike Douglas Show1971-1972TV SeriesHerself - Song Writer / Herself
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHerself
The 24th Annual Tony Awards1970TV SpecialHerself
The 23rd Annual Tony Awards1969TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Special Award to Leonard Bernstein
The 22nd Annual Tony Awards1968TV SpecialHerself
What's My Line?1967TV SeriesHerself - Mystery Guest
The Match Game1966TV SeriesHerself - Team Member
The 20th Annual Tony Awards1966TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Performance by Leading Actor in a Play
That Was the Week That Was1964TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Composer
The 33rd Annual Academy Awards1961TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Best Film Editing
The Arthur Murray Party1960TV SeriesHerself
The Fabulous Fifties1960DocumentaryHerself
To Tell the Truth1959TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The Ed Sullivan Show1959TV SeriesSinger
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1958TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age2016Documentary post-productionHerself
American Masters2009TV Series documentaryHerself
The 79th Annual Academy Awards2007TV SpecialHerself - Memorial Tribute
Bells Are Ringing: Just in Time2005Video documentary shortHerself

Won Awards

2001Laurel Award for Screen Writing AchievementWriters Guild of America, USA
1995NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USADistinction in Screenwriting
1961WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Written American MusicalBells Are Ringing (1960)
1953WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Written American MusicalSingin' in the Rain (1952)
1950WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Written American MusicalOn the Town (1949)

Nominated Awards

1961GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Soundtrack Album or Recording of Original Cast from a Motion Picture or TVBells Are Ringing (1960)
1956OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Story and ScreenplayIt's Always Fair Weather (1955)
1956WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Written American MusicalIt's Always Fair Weather (1955)
1954OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Story and ScreenplayThe Band Wagon (1953)
1954WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Written American MusicalThe Band Wagon (1953)
1950WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Written American MusicalThe Barkleys of Broadway (1949)

Known for movies

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