Madeline Kahn

Highest Rated: 93% 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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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
59% 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
62% 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
43% The Cheap Detective Mrs. Montenegro 1978
75% High Anxiety Victoria Brisbane 1977
No Score Yet Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Estie Del Ruth 1976
No Score Yet The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother Jenny 1975
23% At Long Last Love Kitty O'Kelly 1975
93% 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
100% The Muppet Show
1976-1981
Guest
  • 1977
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
1984-1992

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