Madeline Kahn

Celebrity

Biography

  • Birth Name: Madeline Gail Wolfson
  • Birth Place: Boston, MA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 09/29/1942, Libra
  • Date of Death: 12/03/1999
  • Profession: Actor
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Madeline Kahn 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.
  • Madeline Kahn Relationships:
  • Bernard Wolfson - Father
  • Paula Kahn - Mother
  • Robyn Wolfson - Half Sister
  • John Hansbury - Husband
  • Jeffrey Kahn - Half Brother
  • Madeline Kahn Awards:
  • 1984 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Program - Winner
  • 1978 Tony: Actress (Musical) - Nominee
  • 1995 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1989 Tony: Actress (Play) - Nominee
  • 1974 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 1974 Tony: Actress (Dramatic) - 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
  • 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
  • College:
  • Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY (1964)

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