The Info List - Madeline Kahn

Madeline Gail Kahn (born Madeline Gail Wolfson; September 29, 1942 – December 3, 1999) was an American actress, comedian, voice actress, and singer, known for comedic roles in films directed by Peter Bogdanovich and Mel Brooks, including What's Up, Doc? (1972), Young Frankenstein (1974), High Anxiety
High Anxiety
(1977), History of the World, Part I (1981), and her Academy Award-nominated roles in Paper Moon (1973) and Blazing Saddles
Blazing Saddles
(1974). Kahn made her Broadway debut in Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1968, and received Tony Award
Tony Award
nominations for the play In the Boom Boom Room in 1974 and for the original production of the musical On the Twentieth Century in 1978. She starred as Madeline Wayne on the short-lived ABC sitcom Oh Madeline (1983–84) and won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1987 for ABC Afterschool Special. She received a third Tony Award nomination for the revival of the play Born Yesterday in 1989, before winning the 1993 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress
in a Play for the comedy The Sisters Rosensweig. Her other film appearances included The Cheap Detective (1978), City Heat
City Heat
(1984), Clue (1985), and Nixon (1995).


1 Early life and education 2 Career

2.1 1960s 2.2 1970s and 1980s 2.3 1990s

3 Illness and death 4 Work

4.1 Filmography 4.2 Theatre 4.3 Television

5 Awards and nominations 6 References 7 External links

Early life and education[edit] Kahn was born on September 29, 1942, in Boston, the daughter of Bernard B. Wolfson, a garment manufacturer, and his wife, Freda (née Goldberg).[1][2] She was raised in a nonobservant Jewish family.[3] Her parents divorced when Kahn was two, and her mother and she moved to New York City. In 1953, Freda married Hiller Kahn, who later adopted Madeline; Freda eventually changed her own name to Paula Kahn.[2] Madeline Kahn
Madeline Kahn
had two half-siblings: Jeffrey (from her mother's marriage to Kahn) and Robyn (from Bernard Wolfson's second marriage).[4] In 1948, Kahn was sent to the progressive Manumit boarding school in Bristol, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. During that time, her mother pursued her acting dream. Kahn soon began acting herself, and performed in a number of school productions.[5] In 1960, she graduated from Martin Van Buren High School[6] in Queens, and then earned a drama scholarship to Hofstra University
Hofstra University
on Long Island. At Hofstra, she studied drama, music, and speech therapy. Kahn graduated from Hofstra in 1964 with a degree in speech therapy.[5] She was a member of a local sorority on campus, Delta Chi Delta.[citation needed] She later studied singing in New York City
New York City
with Beverley Peck Johnson.[7] Career[edit] When asked on television by Kitty Carlisle
Kitty Carlisle
and Charles Nelson Reilly how she began the opera aspect of her career, she said, "It's so hard to determine exactly when I began or why, singing. The Muse was definitely not in attendance. I'll tell you exactly." To earn money while a college student, Kahn was a singing waitress at a Bavarian restaurant called Bavarian Manor, a Hofbräuhaus
in New York's Hudson Valley. She sang musical comedy numbers during shows.[8]

There was a really important customer there, a big Italian man, who shouted out to me, "Sing Madame Butterfly", and of course he didn't mean the whole opera. He meant that one very popular aria, "un Bel Di". So if I was to come back the next summer to earn more money during the next year I'd better know that aria. You know, and I didn't know anything about it; I just learned that one aria and a few others and then one thing led to another and I studied that, and I discovered that I could sing that, sort of, that way. But my first actual thing that I did was Candide for Leonard Bernstein's 50th birthday at Philharmonic Hall[9]—at the time that's what it was called.[10] And I don't know if that was an opera, but it was very hard to sing. I actually have done Musetta in La Bohème
La Bohème
a long time ago in Washington, DC. I mean, utterly terrifying. I mean basically I feel as though I was asked to do it and I did it.[8]

1960s[edit] Kahn began auditioning for professional acting roles shortly after her graduation from Hofstra; on the side, she briefly taught public school.[5] Just before adopting the professional name Madeline Kahn (Kahn was her stepfather's surname), she made her stage debut as a chorus girl in a revival of Kiss Me, Kate,[11] which led her to join Actors' Equity. Her part in the flop How Now, Dow Jones
How Now, Dow Jones
was written out before the 1967 show reached Broadway,[12] as was her role as Miss Whipple in the original production of Promises, Promises. She made her Broadway debut in 1969 with Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1968.[13] In 1968, she also performed her first professional lead in a special concert performance of the operetta Candide in honor of Leonard Bernstein's 50th birthday.[5] In 1969, she appeared off Broadway in the musical Promenade.[14] 1970s and 1980s[edit] She appeared in two Broadway musicals in the 1970s: a featured role in Richard Rodgers' 1970 Noah's Ark-themed show Two by Two[11] (singing a high C)[5] and a leading lady turn as Lily Garland in 1978's On the Twentieth Century.[11] She left (or, reportedly, was fired from) the latter show early in its run, yielding the role to her understudy, Judy Kaye.[15][16] She starred in a 1977 Town Hall semi-staged concert version of She Loves Me
She Loves Me
(opposite Barry Bostwick
Barry Bostwick
and original London cast member Rita Moreno).[5][17] Kahn's film debut was in the 1968 short De Düva (The Dove). Her feature debut was as Ryan O'Neal's hysterical fiancée in Peter Bogdanovich's screwball comedy What's Up, Doc? (1972) starring Barbra Streisand.[18] Her film career continued with Paper Moon (1973), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.[11] Kahn was cast in the role of Agnes Gooch in the 1974 film Mame, but star Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
fired Kahn due to artistic differences. (Several of Ball's biographies say Kahn was eager to be released from the role so that she could join the cast of Blazing Saddles, a film about to go into production; however, Kahn stated in a 1996 interview with Charlie Rose that she was fired.[19]) A close succession of comedies — Blazing Saddles
Blazing Saddles
(1974), Young Frankenstein (1974), and High Anxiety
High Anxiety
(1977) — were all directed by Mel Brooks,[11] who was able to bring out the best of Kahn's comic talents.[20] Their last collaboration was 1981's History of the World, Part I. For Blazing Saddles, she was again nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.[11] In the April 2006 issue of Premiere magazine, her performance as Lili von Schtüpp in Saddles was selected as number 74 on its list of the 100 greatest performances of all time.[21] In 1975, Kahn again teamed with Bogdanovich to co-star with Burt Reynolds and Cybill Shepherd
Cybill Shepherd
in the musical At Long Last Love. The film was a critical and financial disaster, but Kahn largely escaped blame for the film's failure. Also in 1975, she teamed again with Gene Wilder for his comedy The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother. In 1978, Kahn's comic screen persona reached another peak with Neil Simon's The Cheap Detective
The Cheap Detective
(1978),[11] a spoof of both Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon, directed by Robert Moore. Kahn's roles were primarily comedic rather than dramatic, though the 1970s found her originating roles in two plays that had both elements: 1973's In the Boom Boom Room on Broadway[22] and 1977's Marco Polo Sings a Solo Off-Broadway.[23] After her success in Brooks' films, she played in a number of less successful films in the 1980s. She played Mrs. White in 1985's Clue.[24] Other roles included a cameo in 1979's The Muppet Movie,[25] First Lady Mrs. Link in the 1980 spoof First Family, a twin from outer space in the Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
sci-fi comedy Slapstick of Another Kind (1982), the love interest of Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds
in the crime comedy City Heat (1984), the animated film My Little Pony: The Movie (1986) and the holiday farce Mixed Nuts
Mixed Nuts
(1994). She voiced the character Gussie Mausheimer in the animated film An American Tail. According to animator Don Bluth, she was cast because he was "hoping she would use a voice similar to the one she used as a character in Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles." [26] In 1983, she starred in her own short-lived TV sitcom, Oh Madeline,[5] which ended after one season due to poor ratings. In 1986 she starred in ABC Comedy Factory's pilot episode of Chameleon, which never aired on the fall schedule. [27] In 1987, Kahn won a Daytime Emmy award for her performance in the ABC Afterschool Special
ABC Afterschool Special
Wanted: The Perfect Guy.[5] Kahn returned to the stage in the Judy Holliday
Judy Holliday
role in the 1989 Broadway revival of Born Yesterday, and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress
in a Play.[28] 1990s[edit] Later in her career, she played Dr. Gorgeous in Wendy Wasserstein's 1993 play (on Broadway), The Sisters Rosensweig, a role which earned her a Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress
in a Play. [29] Kahn played Molly Ringwald's mother in the 1990 film Betsy's Wedding.[30] Kahn played the corrupt mayor in a benefit concert performance of Anyone Can Whistle
Anyone Can Whistle
in 1995.[31] She appeared in Nixon as Martha Beall Mitchell
Martha Beall Mitchell
(1995).[32] She participated in a workshop reading of Dear World
Dear World
at the Roundabout Theatre Company in June 1998, reading the part of Gabrielle.[33] In the early 1990s, Kahn recorded a voice for the animated movie The Magic 7.[34] Her most notable role at that time was on the sitcom Cosby
(1996–1999) as Pauline, the eccentric friend.[5] She also voiced Gypsy the moth in A Bug's Life
A Bug's Life
(1998).[35] Kahn received good reviews for her Chekhovian turn in the 1999 independent movie Judy Berlin, her final film.[36] For example, the AllMovie reviewer wrote: "...in her final film role, Madeline Kahn lends the proceedings a funny, infectious sense of wonder as David's loopy mom."[37] Illness and death[edit] Kahn developed ovarian cancer in 1998. She underwent treatment, continued to work on Cosby, and married John Hansbury in October 1999.[38] The disease spread rapidly, and she died on December 3, 1999, at age 57.[39] Her body was cremated. A bench dedicated to her memory was erected in Central Park
Central Park
by her husband and her brother, Jeffrey Kahn. Work[edit] Filmography[edit] Sources: Masterworks,[5] TCM,[11] The New York Times[40]

Movie Year Roles Notes

De Düva (The Dove) 1968 Sigrid Short film

What's Up, Doc? 1972 Eunice Burns

Paper Moon 1973 Trixie Delight

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler 1973 Schoolteacher

Blazing Saddles 1974 Lili Von Shtupp

Young Frankenstein 1974 Elizabeth Benning

At Long Last Love 1975 Kitty O'Kelly

The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother 1975 Jenny Hill

Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood 1976 Estie Del Ruth

High Anxiety 1977 Victoria Brisbane

The Cheap Detective 1978 Mrs. Montenegro

The Muppet Movie 1979 El Sleezo Patron

Simon 1980 Dr. Cynthia Mallory

Happy Birthday, Gemini 1980 Bunny Weinberger

Wholly Moses! 1980 The Witch

First Family 1980 Mrs. Constance Link

History of the World, Part I 1981 Empress Nympho

Slapstick of Another Kind 1982 Eliza Swain / Lutetia Swain

Yellowbeard 1983 Betty

Scrambled Feet 1983

City Heat 1984 Caroline Howley

Clue 1985 Mrs. White

My Little Pony: The Movie 1986 Draggle Voice

An American Tail 1986 Gussie Mausheimer Voice

Betsy's Wedding 1990 Lola Hopper

Mixed Nuts 1994 Mrs. Munchnik

Nixon 1995 Martha Mitchell

A Bug's Life 1998 Gypsy Voice

Judy Berlin 1999 Alice Gold

Theatre[edit] Sources: PlaybillVault,[41] Masterworks,[5] TCM,[11] Lortel,[42] BroadwayWorld[43]

Production Year

Kiss Me, Kate 1965

Just for Openers (Upstairs at the Downstairs)[44] 1965

Mixed Doubles (Upstairs at the Downstairs)[45] 1966

Below the Belt 1966

How Now, Dow Jones 1967 (replaced by Brenda Vaccaro
Brenda Vaccaro
prior to opening)

Candide 1968

Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1968 1968

Promenade 1969

Two by Two 1970

In the Boom Boom Room 1973

She Loves Me 1977

On the Twentieth Century 1978

Born Yesterday 1989

Hello, Dolly! (tour) [46] 1992

The Sisters Rosensweig 1993

Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall (Concert at Carnegie Hall)[47] 1992

Anyone Can Whistle 1995

Dear World[48] 1998 (workshop)

Television[edit] Sources: Masterworks,[5] TCM,[11] The New York Times[40] TV Guide[49]

Show Year Notes

Harvey 1972

The Carol Burnett Show 1975 Mavis Danton

Saturday Night Live 1976, 1977 and 1995 Hosted three episodes

The Muppet Show 1977 Episode 209[50]

Sesame Street 1978 Episodes 1112 and 1186

Sesame Street 1981 Episode 1576

Oh Madeline 1983–1984

Comedy Factory CTV (1985–86) 1986 Season 2, Episode 6: Chameleon

Mr. President 1987–1988

The Magic 7 1990 Voice (unreleased)

Road to Avonlea 1991 Episode 211

Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book 1992

Monkey House [51][52] 1993 canceled after 7 episodes

Lucky Luke[53] 1992 canceled after 8 episodes

For Richer, for Poorer 1992

Sesame Street 1994 Episode 3136

New York News 1995 canceled after 13 episodes

London Suite [54] 1996

For Love Alone 1996

Cosby 1996–1999 (final television appearance)

Little Bill 1999 Mrs. Shapiro (Ep: Just a Baby/The Campout; the episode is dedicated to her memory)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year given is year of ceremony

Year Work Award Result Ref

1973 What's Up, Doc? Golden Globe Award for New Star Actress
of the Year Nominated [55]

1974 Paper Moon Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress
- Motion Picture Nominated [55]

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated [56]

In the Boom Boom Room Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance Won

Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress
in a Play Nominated

1975 Young Frankenstein Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress
- Motion Picture Nominated [55]

Blazing Saddles Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated [56]

1978 On the Twentieth Century Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress
in a Musical Nominated

1984 Oh Madeline Golden Globe Award for Best Actress
- Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated [55]

People's Choice Award
People's Choice Award
for Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Series Won

1987 ABC Afterschool Special Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in Children's Programming Won

1989 Born Yesterday Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress
in a Musical Nominated

1993 The Sisters Rosensweig Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress
in a Play Won

Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress
in a Play Won

Honorary awards


American Theatre Hall of Fame Inductee [57]


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Madeline Kahn
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She Loves Me
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Awards for Madeline Kahn

v t e

Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress
in a Play

Frances Sternhagen
Frances Sternhagen
(1975) Rachel Roberts (1976) Rosemary De Angelis (1977) Eileen Atkins (1978) Pamela Reed
Pamela Reed
(1979) Lois de Banzie (1980) Swoosie Kurtz
Swoosie Kurtz
(1981) Amanda Plummer
Amanda Plummer
(1982) Judith Ivey (1983) Christine Baranski
Christine Baranski
(1984) Judith Ivey (1985) Joanna Gleason
Joanna Gleason
(1986) Mary Alice
Mary Alice
(1987) Christine Estabrook (1988) Tovah Feldshuh
Tovah Feldshuh
(1989) Frances Conroy
Frances Conroy
(1990) Irene Worth
Irene Worth
(1991) Christine Baranski
Christine Baranski
(1992) Madeline Kahn
Madeline Kahn
(1993) Jane Adams (1994) Tara Fitzgerald
Tara Fitzgerald
(1995) Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch
(1996) Dana Ivey (1997) Allison Janney
Allison Janney
(1998) Anna Friel
Anna Friel
(1999) Marylouise Burke (2000) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
(2001) Katie Finneran
Katie Finneran
(2002) Lynn Redgrave
Lynn Redgrave
(2003) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(2004) Adriane Lenox
Adriane Lenox
(2005) Frances de la Tour (2006) Martha Plimpton
Martha Plimpton
(2007) Linda Lavin
Linda Lavin
(2008) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(2009) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
(2010) Edie Falco
Edie Falco
(2011) Judith Light
Judith Light
(2012) Judith Light
Judith Light
(2013) Celia Keenan-Bolger (2014) Annaleigh Ashford
Annaleigh Ashford
(2015) Saycon Sengbloh (2016) Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon

v t e

Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Leading Actress
in a Play

Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
/ Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
(1947) Judith Anderson
Judith Anderson
/ Katharine Cornell
Katharine Cornell
/ Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1948) Martita Hunt (1949) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1950) Uta Hagen
Uta Hagen
(1951) Julie Harris (1952) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1953) Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
(1954) Nancy Kelly
Nancy Kelly
(1955) Julie Harris (1956) Margaret Leighton
Margaret Leighton
(1957) Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
(1958) Gertrude Berg
Gertrude Berg
(1959) Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
(1960) Joan Plowright
Joan Plowright
(1961) Margaret Leighton
Margaret Leighton
(1962) Uta Hagen
Uta Hagen
(1963) Sandy Dennis (1964) Irene Worth
Irene Worth
(1965) Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(1966) Beryl Reid
Beryl Reid
(1967) Zoe Caldwell (1968) Julie Harris (1969) Tammy Grimes
Tammy Grimes
(1970) Maureen Stapleton
Maureen Stapleton
(1971) Sada Thompson
Sada Thompson
(1972) Julie Harris (1973) Colleen Dewhurst
Colleen Dewhurst
(1974) Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
(1975) Irene Worth
Irene Worth
(1976) Julie Harris (1977) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1978) Constance Cummings
Constance Cummings
/ Carole Shelley
Carole Shelley
(1979) Phyllis Frelich (1980) Jane Lapotaire (1981) Zoe Caldwell (1982) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1983) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1984) Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing
(1985) Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin
(1986) Linda Lavin
Linda Lavin
(1987) Joan Allen
Joan Allen
(1988) Pauline Collins
Pauline Collins
(1989) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(1990) Mercedes Ruehl
Mercedes Ruehl
(1991) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1992) Madeline Kahn
Madeline Kahn
(1993) Diana Rigg
Diana Rigg
(1994) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(1995) Zoe Caldwell (1996) Janet McTeer
Janet McTeer
(1997) Marie Mullen (1998) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(1999) Jennifer Ehle
Jennifer Ehle
(2000) Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker
(2001) Lindsay Duncan
Lindsay Duncan
(2002) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(2003) Phylicia Rashad
Phylicia Rashad
(2004) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(2005) Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon
(2006) Julie White
Julie White
(2007) Deanna Dunagan (2008) Marcia Gay Harden
Marcia Gay Harden
(2009) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
(2010) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(2011) Nina Arianda (2012) Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson
(2013) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(2014) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2015) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(2016) Laurie Metcalf
Laurie Metcalf

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