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Madeline Kahn ACTOR

Madeline Kahn was born on September 29th, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts with the birth name Madeline Gail Wolfson, born to Bernard Wolfson and Paula Kahn.  At the age of two her parents marriage ended in divorce and she relocated to live in New York City.  
It was during high school at Martin Van Buren that she first developed an interest in acting and after earning her high school diploma she went on to study at University and also took training as an opera singer.  After earning a degree in drama and speech therapy from Hofstra University Kahn began auditioning for acting work and also made a living as a teacher.
Her first job was stage work as a chorus girl in the production, "Kiss Me, Kate" followed by roles in such productions as, "Promises, Promises", "New Faces of 1968", "Candide" and "Promenade".
Other Broadway musical credits she soon added to her resume were on, "Two by Two" and "On the Twentieth Century".  Over the course of her career she was nominated in 1974 for a Tony Award for, "Boom Boom Room" and in 1978 she earned another Tony Award nomination for, "On the Twentieth Century".  Kahn then won a Tony Award in 1993 for Actress in a Drama on, "The Sisters Rosensweig".
In 1968, along with her stage work she began working in the film industry first appearing on, "De Düva (The Dove)", a short film followed by roles in, "What's Up, Doc?" (1972) and  earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film, "Paper Moon" (1973).
As her career progressed other roles she added to her credits were in, "Blazing Saddles" (1974), "Young Frankenstein" (1974), "High Anxiety" (1977) and  "The Cheep Detectives" (1978).  For her role in "Blazing Saddles" she earned another Academy Award nomination.
Along with film she appeared on television in such series as, "Oh Madeline" (1983), "Mr. President" (1987-1988), "Wanted: The Perfect Guy" (1987) for which she won a Daytime Emmy award and "Cosby" (1996-1999).
Kahn never neglected her love of working as a stage actress adding to her resume later in her career roles in, "Born Yesterday", "The Sisters Rosensweig" and "Anyone Can Whistle".
In addition to television, stage and film work, Kahn did a number of voice over projects such as for the animated movie, "The Magic 7", "A Bug's Life" and "An American Tale".
Madeline Kahn married only once to John Hansbury in 1999 and they remained together until she passed away at the age of fifty seven on December 3rd, 1999 in New York City, New York after suffering from ovarian cancer.


1996-1999  Cosby

1999   Little Bill

1999   Judy Berlin

1998   A Bug's Life 
1997   The Volunteers

1996   London Suite 

1996   For Love Alone: The Ivana Trump Story 

1995   Nixon

1995   New York News 

1994   Mixed Nuts

1993   Sesame Street 

1992   Lucky Luke 

1992   For Richer, for Poorer 

1991   Monkey House

1991   Avonlea

1990   Betsy's Wedding

1987-1988  Mr. President

1986   An American Tail

1986   ABC Afterschool Specials

1986   Comedy Factory

1986   My Little Pony: The Movie

1985   Clue

1984   City Heat 

1983-1984  Oh Madeline

1983   Yellowbeard

1983   Scrambled Feet

1982   Slapstick

1981   History of the World: Part I

1980   First Family

1980   Wholly Moses! 

1980   Happy Birthday, Gemini 

1980   Simon

1979   The Muppet Movie

1978   The Cheap Detective

1977   High Anxiety 

1977   Once Upon a Brothers Grimm

1976   Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood 

1975   The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother

1975   At Long Last Love

1974   Young Frankenstein 

1974   Blazing Saddles 

1973   Adam's Rib 

1973   From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

1973   Paper Moon

1972   Harvey

1972   What's Up, Doc?

1968   De Düva: The Dove

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