Madeline Kahn Biography ((?)-)

See index for CTFT sketch: Full name, Madeline Gail Kahn; born September 29, 1942, in Boston, MA; died of ovarian cancer, December 3, 1999, in NewYork, NY. Actress and singer. Award-winning performer Kahn was known for hercomedic talent, which she showcased in several films by Mel Brooks, as well as her theatrical and singing abilities. Kahn attended Hofstra University on adrama scholarship and acted and sang in university productions while studying speech therapy. After debuting on stage as a chorus girl in Kiss Me, Kate in 1965, the actress spent the late 1960s and early 1970s in revues atUpstairs at the Downstairs club in New York City. Kahn's film debut camein 1972 in What's Up, Doc? which starred Barbra Streisand and RyanO'Neal. Performances in Paper Moon(1973) and Mel Brooks's Blazing Saddles(1974) earned her Oscar nominations for best supporting actress. Kahn also appeared in Brooks's Young Frankenstein and High Anxiety. Through the 1980s and 1990s Kahn continued to work on stage and in television. She earned Antoinette Perry Award nominations for her workin In the Boom Boom Room(1973), On the 20th Century(1978), andBorn Yesterday(1989) and won an Antoinette Perry Award in 1993 for herperformance in The Sisters Rosensweig. Kahn won an Emmy Award in 1987for her work in an ABC Afterschool Special and had her own televisionprogram, Oh Madeline! in the early 1980s. In the late 1990s she had aregular role in the television program Cosby.


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