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Madeline Kahn (1942–1999)

Madeline Kahn was born Madeline Gail Wolfson on September 29, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Freda (Goldberg) and Bernard B. Wolfson, a garment manufacturer. She was of Russian Jewish descent. Madeline began her acting career in high school and went on to university where she trained as an opera singer and starred in several campus productions, ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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 1999 Little Bill (TV Series)
Mrs. Shapiro
- Just a Baby/The Campout (1999) ... Mrs. Shapiro (voice)
 1999 Judy Berlin
Alice Gold
 1998 A Bug's Life (Video Game)
Gypsy Moth (voice, as Madeliene Kahn)
 1998 A Bug's Life
Gypsy Moth (voice)
 1997 The Volunteers
 1996 London Suite (TV Movie)
Sharon Semple
 1996 Ivana Trump's For Love Alone (TV Movie)
 1995 New York News (TV Series)
Nan Chase
- The Using Game (1995) ... Nan Chase
- You Thought the Pope Was Something (1995) ... Nan Chase
- Welcome Back Cotter (1995) ... Nan Chase
- A Question of Truth (1995) ... Nan Chase
- Good-Bye Gator (1995) ... Nan Chase
 1993 Sesame Street (TV Series)
The Commissioner of Fun and Games
- 3136 (1993) ... The Commissioner of Fun and Games
 1993 Monkey House (TV Series)
Grace Anderson
- More Stately Mansions (1993) ... Grace Anderson
 1992 For Richer, for Poorer (TV Movie)
 1991 Avonlea (TV Series)
Pigeon Plumtree
- It's Just a Stage (1991) ... Pigeon Plumtree
 1990 Betsy's Wedding
Lola Hopper
 1987-1988 Mr. President (TV Series)
Lois Gullickson
- Get a Job (1988) ... Lois Gullickson
- All About Jean (1988) ... Lois Gullickson
- A Royal Send Off (1988) ... Lois Gullickson
- Insecurity (1988) ... Lois Gullickson
- The Christmas Story (1987) ... Lois Gullickson
 1986 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Ellie Coleman
- Wanted: The Perfect Guy (1986) ... Ellie Coleman
 1986 Comedy Factory (TV Series)
Violet Kingsley
- Chameleon (1986) ... Violet Kingsley
 1986 My Little Pony: The Movie
Draggle (voice)
 1985 Clue
Mrs. White
 1984 City Heat
Caroline Howley
 1982 Slapstick (Of Another Kind)
Eliza Swain / Lutetia Swain
 1980 First Family
Mrs. Constance Link
 1980 Wholly Moses!
The Witch
 1980 Happy Birthday, Gemini
Bunny Weinberger
 1980 Simon
Dr. Cynthia Mallory
 1977 Once Upon a Brothers Grimm (TV Movie)
 1975 At Long Last Love
Kitty O'Kelly
 1973 Adam's Rib (TV Series)
- The Unwritten Law: Part 2 (1973) ... Doris
- The Unwritten Law: Part 1 (1973) ... Doris
 1972 Harvey (TV Movie)
Nurse Ruth Kelly
 1968 De Düva: The Dove (Short)
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Stage: Appeared (as "Revue performer") in "Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1968" on Broadway. Musical revue. Conceived, produced and directed by Leonard Sillman. Booth Theatre: 2 May 1968-15 Jun 1968 (52 performances + 16 previews). Cast: Gloria Bleezarde, Trudy Carson, Marilyn Child, Robert Klein, Robert Lone, Brandon Maggart. See more »

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2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Madeleine Kahn | Madeliene Kahn


5' 3" (1.6 m)

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Mel Brooks is sensual with me. He treats me like an uncle - a dirty uncle. He's an earthly man and very moral underneath. He has traditional values. See more »


Nominated for the 1974 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Drama for "Boom Boom Room". See more »


Deep sultry voice See more »

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