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Madeline Kahn

Highest Rated:   93% Young Frankenstein (1974)
Lowest Rated:   7% Mixed Nuts (1994)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
75% Nixon
  • Martha Mitchell
1995
7% 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
69% An American Tail
  • Gussie Mausheimer
1986
No Score Yet My Little Pony
  • Draggle
1986
62% Clue
  • Mrs. White
1985
21% 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
17% First Family
  • Mrs. Link
1980
No Score Yet Wholly Moses!
  • Sorceress
1980
60% Simon
  • Dr. Cynthia Mallory
1980
No Score Yet Happy Birthday, Gemini
  • Bunny Weinberger
1980
87% The Muppet Movie
  • El Sleezo Patron
1979
46% 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
17% At Long Last Love
  • Kitty O'Kelly
1975
93% Young Frankenstein
  • Elizabeth
1974
90% Blazing Saddles
  • Lili Von Shtupp
1974
91% Paper Moon
  • Trixie Delight
1973
90% What's Up, Doc?
  • Eunice Burns
1972

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • Actor
  • 1995
  • 1977
  • 1976

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