- 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.
- 1974, Tony — Actress (Dramatic): Nominee
- 1993, Tony — Actress (Play): Winner
- 1973, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 1974, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1975, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: 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
- 1978, Tony — Actress (Musical): Nominee
- 1974, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 1984, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Program: Winner
- 1989, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
- Paula Kahn — Mother
- Bernard Wolfson — Father
- Jeffrey Kahn — Half Brother
- Robyn Wolfson — Half Sister
- John Hansbury — Husband
- Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY (1964)
- Birth Name: Madeline Gail Wolfson
- Birth Place: Boston, MA
- Died: December 3, 1999
- Profession: Actor
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