Madeline Kahn

Actor, Singer, Schoolteacher
A much-loved comic presence in film and on stage, Madeline Kahn was an Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning actress whose unbridled turns in "Paper Moon" (1973), "Blazing Saddles" (1974) and "Young Frankenstein" (1975) made ... Read more »
Born: 09/29/1942 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (60)

Little Bill 1999 - 2004 (TV Show)

Voice

Cosby 1996 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Judy Berlin 2000 (Movie)

Alice Gold (Actor)

A Bug's Life 1998 (Movie)

of Gypsy (Voice)

Avonlea 1989 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Neil Simon's "London Suite" 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of About 14 CBS Stars 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Ivana Trump's For Love Alone 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

New York News 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Nixon 1995 (Movie)

Martha Mitchell (Actor)

Mixed Nuts 1994 (Movie)

Mrs Munchnik (Actor)

The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter

Saturday Night Live's Presidential Bash 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Tony Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Performer

Lovelaughs 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Betsy's Wedding 1990 (Movie)

Lola Hopper (Actor)

The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Celebrating Gershwin 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Irving Berlin's 100th Birthday Celebration 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Sesame Street, Special 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

An American Tail 1986 (Movie)

of Gussie Mausheimer (Voice)

Chameleon 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

My Little Pony 1986 (Movie)

of Draggle (Voice)

Clue 1985 (Movie)

Mrs White (Actor)

City Heat 1984 (Movie)

Caroline Howley (Actor)

Oh Madeline 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Slapstick of Another Kind 1984 (Movie)

Letitia Swain (Actor)

Yellowbeard 1983 (Movie)

Betty (Actor)

History of the World Part I 1981 (Movie)

Empress Nympho (Actor)

First Family 1980 (Movie)

Constance Link (Actor)

Happy Birthday, Gemini 1980 (Movie)

Bunny Weinberger (Actor)

Simon 1980 (Movie)

Cynthia (Actor)

Wholly Moses! 1980 (Movie)

Sorceress (Actor)

The Muppet Movie 1979 (Movie)

El Sleezo Patron (Actor)

The Cheap Detective 1978 (Movie)

Mrs Montenegro (Actor)

High Anxiety 1977 (Movie)

Victoria Brisbane (Actor)

Klein Time 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 1976 - 1977 (Tv Show)

Actor

The George Burns Special 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

At Long Last Love 1975 (Movie)

Kitty O'Kelly (Actor)

Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood 1975 (Movie)

Estie Del Ruth (Actor)

Blazing Saddles 1974 (Movie)

Lili Von Shtupp (Actor)

The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother 1974 (Movie)

Jenny Hill (Actor)

Young Frankenstein 1974 (Movie)

Elizabeth (Actor)

Paper Moon 1973 (Movie)

Trixie Delight (Actor)

From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler 1972 (Movie)

Schoolteacher (Actor)

Harvey 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

What's Up Doc? 1972 (Movie)

Eunice Burns (Actor)

Comedy Tonight 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dove 1967 (Movie)

(Actor)

An Evening at the Improv (TV Show)

Actor

For Love Alone (Movie)

(Actor)

For Richer, For Poorer (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. President (TV Show)

Actor

Wanted: The Perfect Guy (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Slapstick of Another Kind 1984 (Movie)

("Lonesome No More") (Song Performer)

Biography

A much-loved comic presence in film and on stage, Madeline Kahn was an Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning actress whose unbridled turns in "Paper Moon" (1973), "Blazing Saddles" (1974) and "Young Frankenstein" (1975) made her a favorite of critics and audiences alike for three decades. She sprang from the Broadway stage to movies in the early 1970s, and quickly established herself with her combination of dizzy comedy and earthy sexiness, exemplified by her marble-mouthed vixen Lili Von Shtupp in "Blazing Saddles." Kahn struggled to maintain her box office status in the 1980s, but found greater success on stage, winning a Tony award for "The Sisters Rosensweig" in 1993. Her death from ovarian cancer in 1999 robbed the entertainment community of one of its most talented and appreciated members.

Relationships

John Hansbury

Husband
born in 1950 together since c. 1989 married on October 10, 1999

Jeffrey Kahn

Brother
survived her

EDUCATION

Hofstra University

Hempstead , New York 1964
attended on a drama scholarship; participated in an opera workshop

Milestones

1999

Announced in November that for the past year she had been underoing treatment for ovarian cancer

1999

Final screen appearance as a Long Island housewife in "Judy Berlin"

1998

Provided the voice of Gypsy in the computer animated "A Bug's Life"

1995

Cast as Martha Mitchell in Oliver Stone's "Nixon"

1995

Played a gossip reporter in the short-lived CBS series "New York News"

1995

Appeared as the Mayor Cora Hoover Hooper in a special one-performance only production of the Arthur Laurents-Stephen Sondheim musical "Anyone an Whistle"; co-starred with Scott Bakula and Bernadette Peters; show was recorded and released on CD

1993

Nearly stole the show by performing the patter song "Not Getting Married Today" (from "Company") at "Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall"; performance preserved on a recording and the videotape which aired on PBS' "Great Performances"

1992

Appeared in Woody Allen's "Shadows and Fog"

1992

Won acclaim for her stage performance as Gorgeous in Wendy Wasserstein's "The Sisters Rosensweig"; received Tony Award

1990

Co-starred in Alan Alda's "Betsey's Wedding"

1989

Starred opposite Edward Asner in the Broadway revival of "Born Yesterday"; received a Tony nomination

1987

Replaced Carlin Glinn as the female lead of the Fox sitcom "Mr. President", starring George C Scott

1986

Began voice work in animated films with "My Little Pony" and "An American Tail"

1983

Starred in the short-lived sitcom "Oh Madeline" (ABC)

1981

Once again appeared with Brooks in "The History of the World Part I"

1978

Starred opposite John Cullum in the stage musical "On the Twentieth Century"; reportedly fired from production after a few months; received a Tony Award nomination

1978

Was featured in the all-star spoof of films noir "The Cheap Detective", scripted by Neil Simon

1977

Returned to Brooks' company of actors for his Hitchcock spoof "High Anxiety"

1975

Reteamed with Bogdanovich for the ill-fated musical "At Long Last Love"

1975

Co-starred in "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother", helmed by Gene Wilder

1974

Appeared in two Mel Brooks comedy films: as Lili Von Shtupp, a takeoff of Marlene Dietrich, in "Blazing Saddles" and as the title character's fiance in "Young Frankenstein"; received a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination for the former; both

1973

Starred as a go-go dancer in David Rabe's play "Boom Boom Room"; earned Tony nomination for the role

1973

Earned first Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination as Trixie Delight in "Paper Moon", starring O'Neal and directed by Bogdanovich

1972

First TV-movie, "Harvey" (NBC)

1972

Feature film debut, "What's Up, Doc?"; played Ryan O'Neal's fiancee and nearly stole the film; first film for Peter Bogdanovich

1969

Was a regular performer on the summer variety series "Comedy Tonight" (CBS)

1968

Had featured role as one of Noah's daughters-in-law in "Two by Two", starring Danny Kaye

1968

Film debut in a short, an Ingmar Bergman spoof, "The Dove"

1968

Broadway debut, "New Faces of '68"

1965

Professional stage debut as a chorus member in a revival of "Kiss Me, Kate"

1964

Briefly worked as a schoolteacher

Returned to series TV as a regular on "Cosby" (CBS)

Raised in NYC

While in college, performed as a classical singer in school productions

Appeared regularly in stage revues in NYC

Was a guest on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson

Bonus Trivia

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Kahn received an honorary doctor of fine arts degree from the Boston Conservatory.

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