Betty Comden, R.I.P.
Mark Steyn was lucky enough to have met them both, and wrote this article about 'Singin' In The Rain'. I remember seeing them both being interviewed by Andre Previn. It must have been in the '70s, for 'Previn and the Pittsburgh'; they seemed incredibly old to me then, but now I realize they could only have been in their 50s. I don't know just where the Pittsburgh Symphony was for that episode, because I only remember the 3 of them with a piano. At one point Previn asked them about a song called "Mabel" that he'd heard they'd written, but had never been able to find. They laughed, and said it was a sort of a joke song, and then they both started singing very fast some totally ridiculous nonsense, full of accompanying musical sound effects. "Diddle-diddle-dum! Mabel, I love you! Diddle-diddle-dee!" Previn turned to the piano, and tried to follow them, but they were going so fast, he couldn't catch up and finally just broke down laughing as they rattled away. It was like trying to catch Chinese firecrackers. They were the best.
UPDATE: Mark Steyn has written a retrospective on both Comden and Green here, and it's very good.