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November 25, 2006

BETTY COMDEN, 89 Broadway lyrics writer

Betty Comden, whose more than 60-year collaboration with Adolph Green produced the classic New York stage musical On the Town, as well as Singin' in the Rain, died of heart failure Thursday in New York City.

On Broadway, Miss Comden and Mr. Green 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.

They won five Tony Awards, with three of their shows - Wonderful Town, Hallelujah, Baby! and Applause - winning the top prize for best musical. The pair received the Kennedy Center honors in 1991.

The two were not married to each other, although many thought they were, considering the longevity of their working relationship.

Mr. Green died in October 2002 at age 87.

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