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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 & 9 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Young Frankenstein
Young Frankenstein Elizabeth
(1974)
Blazing Saddles
Blazing Saddles Lili Von Shtüpp
(1974)
A Bug's Life
A Bug's Life Gypsy Moth
(1998)
Clue
Clue Mrs. White
(1985)

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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/I A Bug's Life (Video Game)
Gypsy Moth (voice, as Madeliene Kahn)
 1998 A Bug's Life
Gypsy Moth (voice)
 1996 London Suite (TV Movie)
Sharon Semple
 1996 For Love Alone: The Ivana Trump Story (TV Movie)
Sabrina
 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)
Billie
 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)
Doris
- 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)
Sigfrid
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Other Works:

Stage: Starred as Cunegonde in a one-night concert of 'Leonard Bernstein (I)''s operetta "Candide" (with Alan Arkin and Irra Petina) in honor of the composer's 50th birthday, in which she sang the legendary aria "Glitter and Be Gay". See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Madeleine Kahn | Madeliene Kahn

Height:

5' 3" (1.6 m)
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Personal Quote:

It's acceptable for men to act the fool. When women try, they're considered aggressive and opinionated. See more »

Trivia:

Her performance as Lili von Shtupp in Blazing Saddles (1974) is ranked #74 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006). See more »

Trademark:

Red hair and brown eyes See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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