This Day in Jewish History 2006: A Reinvented Woman Who Would Write 'Singin' in the Rain' Dies

Betty Comden’s name was an artifact too – she changed Basya because it sounded too Yiddish, and Ellis Island changed Astershinsky Simselelyevitch-Simselyovitch for the obvious reason.

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On November 23, 2006, Betty Comden, the writer, lyricist and performer who, together with Adoph Green, formed one of the musical theater’s most successful creative and long-lived partnerships, died, at the age...