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Madeline Kahn Biography

Birth Name:
Madeline Gail Wolfson
Birth Place:
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Profession
Actor

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

  • 1995Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1984People's Choice Awards-Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Program: winner
  • 1984Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1975Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1974Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1974Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1973Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1973Golden Globe-New Star of the Year - Actress: nominated

Relationships

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