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Adolph Green

  • American playwright
  • Born December 2, 1914
  • Died October 23, 2002

Adolph Green (December 2, 1914 – October 23, 2002) was an American lyricist and playwright who, with long-time collaborator Betty Comden, penned the screenplays and songs for some of the most beloved movie musicals, particularly as part of Arthur Freed's production unit at Metro Goldwyn Mayer, during the genre's heyday. Many people thought the pair were married, but in fact they were not a romantic couple at all. Nevertheless, they shared a unique comic genius and sophisticated wit that enabled them to forge a six-decade-long partnership that produced some of Hollywood and Broadway's greatest hits.


We've managed to keep a spirit of fun, I guess, of urban satire and finding new and odd interesting angles to the ways of life to put on the stage.




It's unfortunate we've never been just songwriters.




We had a certain kind of really big prestige among, I suppose not just intellectual folk, but a sort of nice middle class intelligent folk of a very urban nature.




As a main ingredient to the show, it has to have truth, represent truth, or else it won't last.




You have to transmit to them what it's like being in the theater. And it has to come from somewhere inside you and not by being like what somebody did last year.




It never became an act in the sense of an act. It was always, no matter where we worked, little revues.




I had met a young lady who wanted to be in the theater. It was Judy Holliday. She had somehow fallen down the steps of the Village Vanguard, which still exists today.



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