Fast Facts

  • Began singing and acting when she attended boarding school as a child.
  • Earned a drama scholarship to Hofstra University, participated in an opera workshop while there, and graduated with a speech-therapy degree in 1964.
  • Worked briefly as a schoolteacher.
  • Made her feature-film debut as high-strung Eunice Burns in the 1972 screwball comedy What's Up, Doc?
  • Worked several times with director Mel Brooks, including on Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein.
  • Received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Boston Conservatory.
  • Married longtime companion John Hansbury in October 1999; died at the age of 57 from ovarian cancer less than two months later.

Awards

  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1978, Tony — Actress (Musical): Nominee
  • 1974, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1989, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
  • 1984, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1973, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actress: Nominee
  • 1975, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1993, Tony — Actress (Play): Winner
  • 1984, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Program: Winner
  • 1974, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1974, Tony — Actress (Dramatic): Nominee
  • 1973, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee

Relationships

  • Jeffrey Kahn — Half Brother
  • Robyn Wolfson — Half Sister
  • John Hansbury — Husband
  • Bernard Wolfson — Father
  • Paula Kahn — Mother

College

  • Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY (1964)

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  • Birth Name: Madeline Gail Wolfson
  • Birth Place: Boston, MA
  • Died: December 3, 1999
  • Profession: Actor

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