Madeline Kahn was born Madeline Gail Wolfson on September 29, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts. She 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, ultimately earning a doctorate in her chosen field. Her finest years came in Paper Moon (1973) with Ryan O'Neal, which was followed the next year by Mel Brooks's outrageous Blazing Saddles (1974) as Lili Von Shtupp, a cabaret singer who was obviously based on Marlene Dietrich's performance in Destry Rides Again (1939). She was so delightful in both that Madeline was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in both movies. In 1998, Madeline lent her voice to Gypsy in the wildly popular animated film A Bug's Life (1998). Tragically, on December 3, 1999, Madeline died of ovarian cancer in New York City, a disease from which she suffered for about a year while she was a cast member of "Cosby" (1996). The accomplished stage and screen actress was only 57 years old.IMDb Mini Biography By: Denny Jackson
|John Hansbury||(10 October 1999 - 3 December 1999) (her death)|
Often appeared in Mel Brooks films
Red hair and brown eyes
Deep sultry voice
Graduate of Martin Van Buren High School (1960), Queens Village, Queens, New York.
Daughter of Paula Kahn.
Sister of Jeffrey Kahn.
Aunt of Eliza Kahn.
Father's name is Bernard Wolfson.
Has a half sister named Robyn.
Graduated from Hofstra University on a drama scholarship.
Operatically trained singer.
Her performance as Lili von Shtupp in Blazing Saddles (1974) is ranked #74 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
According to Mel Brooks, she was--contrary to her screen image--quite shy and reserved in real life.
Nominated for the 1974 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Drama for "Boom Boom Room".
Nominated for the 1978 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Musical for "On the Twentieth Century".
Nominated for the 1989 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Play/Comedy for "Born Yesterday".
Won the 1993 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Drama for "The Sisters Rosensweig".
Actually, I hold a degree in speech therapy. I was going to get my doctorate but acting got in the way. Pity, I always thought I'd like to do something dignified.
Mel Brooks is sensual with me. He treats me like an uncle. A dirty uncle.
It's acceptable for men to act the fool. When women try, they're considered aggressive and opinionated.
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