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Betty Comden (1915–2006)

Songwriter ("New York, New York", "Lonely Town", "The Party's Over", "Just in Time"), author and actress. educated at New York University with a Bachelor of Science degree. While a student, she acted with the Washington Square Players. She was a member of the Revuers, a night club act which also included Judy Holliday and Adolph Green. She wrote ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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 2013 Bunheads (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- There's Nothing Worse Than a Pantsuit (2013) ... (lyrics: "It's a Perfect Relationship" - uncredited)
  Glee (TV Series) (lyrics - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2012) (writer - 1 episode, 2011)
- Swan Song (2012) ... (lyrics: "Being Good (Isn't Good Enough)" - uncredited)
- New York (2011) ... (writer: "I Love New York / New York, New York" - uncredited)
- Furt (2010) ... (lyrics: "Ohio" - uncredited)
 2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (writer: "New York, New York")
 2011 Arthur Christmas (writer: "Make Someone Happy")
 2011 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #20.7 (2011) ... (lyrics: "Music Is Better Than Words")
 2011 Gent de paraula (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.17 (2011) ... (lyrics: "New York, New York")
 2011 Sing Your Song (Documentary) (writer: "Just in Time")
 2010 Chico & Rita (writer: "On the Town")
 2010 One Night Only: Barbra Streisand and Quartet at the Village Vanguard - September 26,2009 (Video) (writer: "Make Someone Happy", "Some Other Time")
 2010 Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Jude Law/Pearl Jam (2010) ... (lyrics: "New York, New York" - uncredited)
 2009 BBC Proms (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Prom 22: A Celebration of Classic MGM Film Musicals (2009) ... (lyrics: "I Like Myself")
 2009 So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Top 16 Perform (2009) ... (lyrics: "Moses Supposes")
 2009 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing (Video documentary) (lyrics: "New York, New York" - uncredited)
 2008 Nancy LaMott: I'll Be Here with You (Video) (writer: "Some Other Time")
 2008 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure (TV Movie documentary) (lyrics: "New York, New York" - uncredited)
 2007 American Masters (TV Series documentary) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends (2007) ... (lyrics: "Just in Time")
 2007 The 61st Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (writer: "Look Around")
 2006 Tony Bennett: Duets - The Making of an American Classic (Video) (lyrics: "Just in Time")
 2006 Inside the Actors Studio (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Liza Minnelli (2006) ... (writer: "If You Hadn't, But You Did")
 2004 The 58th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (lyrics: "Swing!")
 2004 Before Sunset (writer: "Just In Time")
 2003 Six Feet Under (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Perfect Circles (2003) ... (writer: "Some Other Time (Well Catch Up)")
 2002 Dummy (lyrics: "My Own Morning" (1967))
 2002 Elaine Stritch at Liberty (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "There Never Was A Baby Like My Baby", "The Party's Over")
 2000 Trixie (writer: "The Late Late Show")
 2000 Small Time Crooks (lyrics: "Just in Time")
 2000 Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Kettenreaktion (2000) ... (writer: "Just In Time")
 1999 Great Performances (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies (1999) ... (lyrics: "I Can Cook, Too")
 1999 Mickey Blue Eyes (writer: "Just in Time")
 1999 Wild Wild West (writer: "Arise")
 1998 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- It's Only a Paper Moon (1998) ... (writer: "Just in Time")
 1998 Ronin (lyrics: "Our Favorite Son")
 1996 Eddie (lyrics: "NEW YORK, NEW YORK")
 1994 Speechless (lyrics: "Just In Time")
 1994 Takin' Over the Asylum (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- You Always Hurt the One You Love (1994) ... (writer: "The Party's Over")
 1994 Léon: The Professional (lyrics: "I Like Myself")
 1994 That's Entertainment! III (Documentary) (lyrics: "On the Town" (1944), "Baby, You Knock Me Out" (1955), "Thanks a Lot, but No Thanks" (1955) - uncredited)
 1993 Sleepless in Seattle (writer: "Make Someone Happy")
 1992 Dr. Giggles (writer: "The Party's Over")
 1992 MGM: When the Lion Roars (TV Mini-Series documentary) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- The Lion in Winter (1992) ... (lyrics: "New York, New York" - uncredited)
 1991 The Addams Family (lyrics: "Mamushka")
 1991 29th Street (writer: "Just in Time")
 1987 It's Garry Shandling's Show. (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Force Boxman (1987) ... (lyrics: "New York, New York")
 1987 A Musical Toast: The Stars Shine on Public Television (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Some Other Time")
 1986 The Benny Hill Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- The Herd (1986) ... (lyrics: "The Party's Over")
 1985 The 39th Annual Tony Awards (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Never Never Land", "The Party's Over", "Make Someone Happy", "My Own Morning", "Our Private World")
 1985 That's Dancing! (Documentary) (lyrics: "Moses")
 1983 The Return of Captain Invincible (lyrics: "New York, New York")
 1978 The 32nd Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (lyrics: "On The Twentieth Century")
 1978 Blue Sunshine (lyrics: "Just In Time")
 1978 The Muppet Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Cloris Leachman (1978) ... (lyrics: "Just In Time")
 1977 Dinah! (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.99 (1977) ... (lyrics: "Just in Time")
 1976 That's Entertainment, Part II (Documentary) (lyrics: "I Like Myself" (1954) - uncredited)
 1975 The Sweeney (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Jigsaw (1975) ... (lyrics: "Just in time" - uncredited)
 1974 That's Entertainment! (Documentary) (lyrics: "The French Lesson" (1947), "New York, New York" (1944) - uncredited)
 1973 Magnavox Presents Frank Sinatra (TV Special documentary) (writer: "New York, New York")
 1970 The Doris Day Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Tony Bennett Is Eating Here (1970) ... (lyrics: "Just in Time" - uncredited)
 1970 Liza (TV Movie) (writer: "New York, New York")
 1968 The Merv Griffin Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 23 December 1968 (1968) ... (lyrics: "Just in Time")
 1968 The Dean Martin Comedy Hour (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 24 October 1968 (1968) ... (writer: "The French Lesson" - uncredited)
 1967 The Carol Burnett Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.2 (1967) ... (writer: "Just In Time" as part of a Time Medley)
 1967 The Monkees (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Monkees Manhattan Style (1967) ... (writer: "New York, New York")
 1966 The Hollywood Palace (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.33 (1966) ... (lyrics: "New York, New York" - uncredited)
  The Danny Kaye Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1965) (writer - 1 episode, 1963)
- Episode #2.28 (1965) ... (lyrics: "The Party's Over")
- Episode #1.14 (1963) ... (writer: "Comes Once in a Lifetime" - uncredited)
 1965 Now (Documentary short) (writer: "Now")
 1964 What a Way to Go! (lyrics: "I Think that You and I Should Get Acquainted", "Musical Extravaganza")
 1963 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #7.8 (1963) ... (lyrics: "Just in Time")
 1963 The Dick Van Dyke Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- The Foul Weather Girl (1963) ... (lyrics: "Just In Time" - uncredited)
 1962 The Judy Garland Show (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Just in Time")
 1961 Yves Montand on Broadway (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Just in Time" - uncredited)
 1960 Peter Pan (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Never-Never Land", "Wendy", "O My Mysterious Lady", "Ugg-a-Wugg", "Distant Melody", "Hook's Waltz")
 1958-1960 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (lyrics - 3 episodes)
- Episode dated 7 December 1960 (1960) ... (lyrics: "New York, New York" - uncredited)
- Episode dated 26 April 1958 (1958) ... (lyrics: "Dance Only with Me" - uncredited)
- Episode dated 18 January 1958 (1958) ... (lyrics: "Just in Time", "The French Lesson" - uncredited)
 1960 Bells Are Ringing (lyrics: "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)
 1958 Wonderful Town (TV 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)")
 1958 The Lux Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.23 (1958) ... (writer: "Salzberg")
 1958 Country Style, U.S.A. (TV Series short) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.11 (1958) ... (lyrics: "The Party's Over")
 1957 Designing Woman (lyrics: "Music Is Better than Words" - uncredited)
 1956 Omnibus (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- The American Musical Comedy (1956) ... (lyrics: "Opening Medley")
 1955 MGM Parade (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.2 (1955) ... (lyrics: "I Like Myself" - uncredited)
 1955 It's Always Fair Weather (lyrics: "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)
 1955 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Peter Pan (1955) ... (writer: "Neverland")
 1952 Singin' in the Rain (lyrics: "Moses Supposes" (1952))
 1950 The Frank Sinatra Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.5 (1950) ... (lyrics: "Let's Go Up to My Place")
 1949 On the Town (lyrics: "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))
 1949 Take Me Out to the Ball Game (lyrics: "Yes, Indeedy", "O'Brien to Ryan to Goldberg", "The Right Girl for Me", "It's Fate Baby, It's Fate" - uncredited)
 1947 Good News (writer: "The French Lesson" - uncredited)
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On the Town (1944). Musical comedy. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Based on an idea by Jerome Robbins. Additional lyrics by Leonard Bernstein. Music orchestrated by Leonard Bernstein, Hershy Kay, Don Walker, Elliott Jacoby and Ted Royal. Musical ... See more »

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I 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.'

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Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980. See more »

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