Madeline Kahn

Madeline Kahn

Highest Rated: 94% Young Frankenstein (1974)

Lowest Rated: 10% Mixed Nuts (1994)

Birthday: Sep 29, 1942

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Hofstra graduate Madeline Kahn was trained for an operatic career, but found her most gainful employment in musical comedy and revue work. While reducing audiences to tears of laughter as a member of New York's Upstairs at the Downstairs satirical troupe, Kahn made her first appearance in the short-subject Bergman lampoon The Dove (1968). She was "officially" discovered for films by director Peter Bogdanovich, who cast her as Ryan O'Neal's frowsy fiancee in What's Up Doc (1972). Kahn was nominated for Academy Awards for her portrayals of Southern doxy Trixie Delight in Bogdanovich's Paper Moon (1973) and Dietrich-like chanteuse Lilly Von Schtupp ("Oh, it's twue, it's twue, it's twue!") in Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles (1974). Kahn went on to co-star in Brooks' Young Frankenstein (1974) and High Anxiety (1975), and made a return trip to the Bogdanovich fold in the disastrous At Long Last Love (1976) Her manic comedy style could be appealing, but, to paraphrase the late film encyclopedist Leslie Haliwell, it became a quickly overplayed hand. On Broadway, Kahn co-starred with Danny Kaye in Two by Two and was starred in the musical version of Twentieth Century, a grueling experience that all but destroyed her singing voice. She won a Tony award for her non-musical performance in Wendy Wasserstein's The Sisters Rosenzweig in 1992. Kahn's TV projects include the 1983 sitcom Oh, Madeline (based on the British series Pig in the Middle), a single season as George C. Scott's virago sister-in-law in Mister President (1987) and Cosby, the most recent project of comedian Bill Cosby, a sitcom that premiered in 1996. In 1995, Madeline Kahn was superbly cast as Martha Mitchell in Oliver Stone's Nixon and as a vituperative gossip columnist on the TV series New York News.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet Action Pack: Clue Quote-along Actor 2013
77% Judy Berlin Alice Gold 1999
92% A Bug's Life Gypsy 1998
No Score Yet Neil Simon's 'London Suite' Sharon Semple 1996
No Score Yet Ivana Trump's 'For Love Alone' Sabrina 1996
74% Nixon Martha Mitchell 1995
10% Mixed Nuts Mrs. Munchnik 1994
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Put Down the Duckie Actor 1994
No Score Yet For Richer, for Poorer Billie 1992
50% Betsy's Wedding Lola Hopper 1990
70% An American Tail Gussie Mausheimer 1986
No Score Yet My Little Pony Draggle 1986
61% Clue Mrs. White 1985
19% City Heat Caroline Howley 1984
22% Yellowbeard Betty 1983
No Score Yet Pandemonium Actor 1982
No Score Yet Slapstick of Another Kind Eliza Swain/Letitia Swain 1982
60% History of the World---Part I Empress Nympho 1981
20% First Family Mrs. Link 1980
14% Wholly Moses! Sorceress 1980
57% Simon Dr. Cynthia Mallory 1980
No Score Yet Happy Birthday, Gemini Bunny Weinberger 1980
88% The Muppet Movie El Sleezo Patron 1979
47% The Cheap Detective Mrs. Montenegro 1978
72% High Anxiety Victoria Brisbane 1977
20% Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Estie Del Ruth 1976
No Score Yet The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother Jenny 1975
20% At Long Last Love Kitty O'Kelly 1975
94% Young Frankenstein Elizabeth 1974
91% Blazing Saddles Lili Von Shtupp 1974
92% Paper Moon Trixie Delight 1973
90% What's Up, Doc? Eunice Burns 1972

TV

Credit
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Host 1995
1977
1976
No Score Yet Oh Madeline
1983-1984
Madeline Wayne 1984
1983
100% The Muppet Show
1976-1981
Guest 1977
13% New York News
1995
Nan Chase
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
1984-1992

QUOTES FROM Madeline Kahn CHARACTERS

Eunice Burns says: Howard, why does she call you Steve?

Howard Bannister says: Eunice, I have no idea.

Eunice Burns says: Howard, why does she call you Steve?

Gussie Mausheimer voise of says: We have a plan. E Pralabus Unim.

Empress Nympho says: Ah, but the servant waits, while the master baits.

Empress Nympho says: I love quick time march.

Elizabeth says: Taffeta, darling.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein says: Taffeta, sweetheart.

Elizabeth says: No, the dress is taffeta. It wrinkles so easily.

Victoria Brisbane says: I'm Victoria Brisbane.

Richard H. Thorndyke says: The Cocker's daughter?

Mrs. White says: Yes, I did it. I killed Yvette. I hated her so much, it...it...it... flames... flames, on the sides of my face, breathing...breathless...heaping breaths... heaping-(Wadsworth interrupts)

Mrs. White says: Yes, I did it. I killed Yvette. I hated her so much, it...it...it... flames... flames, on the sides of my face, breathing...breathless...heaping breaths... heaping.[Wadsworth interrupts]

Addie Loggins says: I want my two hundred dollars.

Cafe Waitress says: What do you say, Daddy? Why don't we give Precious a little dessert if she eats her dog?

Trixie Delight says: Hurry up, Doctor. This baby gots to go winky tinky!

Moses Pray says: Well, she ain't my grown-up and I ain't plannin' no more to sit in the back. Not for no cow!

Leroy says: Will you keep your voice down? And Miss Delight ain't no cow. She's a proper woman. She has a high school diploma. And right now she's got to go to the bathroom, so you get on down to the car!

Trixie Delight says: I just don't understand it, Daddy, but this little baby has got to go winky tinky all the time.

Addie Loggins says: said to Moses: No, I don't know what it is, but if you got 'em, it's a sure bet they belong to somebody else!

Lili Von Shtupp says: Hello handsome, is that a ten gallon hat or are you just enjoying the show.

Col. Mustard says: How many husbands have you had?

Mrs. White says: Mine or other women's?

Col. Mustard says: Yours.

Mrs. White says: Five.

Col. Mustard says: Five?

Mrs. White says: Yes, just the five. Husbands should be like Kleenex: soft, strong and disposable.

Col. Mustard says: You lure men to their deaths like a spider with flies.

Mrs. White says: Flies are where men are most vulnerable.

Col. Mustard says: Right!

Wadsworth says: Your first husband also disappeared.

Mrs. White says: But that was his job. He was an illusionist.

Wadsworth says: But he never reappeared!

Mrs. White says: He wasn't a very good illusionist.

Mrs. White says: Well, it's a matter of life after death. Now that he's dead, I have a life.

Lili Von Shtupp says: Hewe I stand, the goddess of desire. Set men on fire. I have this powah. Morning, noon, and night is dwink and dancing Some quick womancing And then a showah. Stage-door Johnnies constantly suwwound me. They alvays hound me Vith vone wequest. Who can satisfy their lustful habit? I'm not a wabbit! I need some weeeeeeeeeeee -- eeeeeeeeeeeeest. I'm tired, sick and tired of love. I've had my fill of love From below and above. Tired, tired of being admired Tired of love uninspired Let's face it, I'm tired. I've been vith thousands of men Again and again They pwomise the moon They're alvays coming and going and going and coming And alvays too soon. Wight, girls? I'm tired, tired of playing the game. Ain't it a cwying shame? I'm so tired. Goddammit, I'm exhausted.

Eunice Burns says: Don't you know the meaning of propriety?

Judy Maxwell says: Propriety? Noun. Conformity to established standards of behavior or manners, suitability, rightness or justice. See etiquette.

Eunice Burns says: They tried to molest me.

Judge Maxwell says: That's... unbelievable.