I have adored Madeline Kahn since I first saw her in the film Clue and as Eunice Burns in one of my favorite films of all time- What’s Up, Doc?. Her comedic timing is unmatched by any actor or actress. She has the ability to deliver even the most dumb jokes in ways that will have the stoics belly-laughing.
EARLY LIFE AND CAREER:
She was born Madeline Gail Wolfson to parents Bernard and Freda. However, her parents divorced and her mother remarried Hiller Kahn. Obviously, Madeline adopted his last name and the rest is history. She attended college at Hofstra University on Long Island, NY.
She was not initially interested in singing. She only sang because she needed money. Fortunately for her, though, she was really dang good at it. She will forever go down as one of the great sopranos. She was most interested in acting and soon enough, her singing-waitress career gave way to her star and a talented actress was born. She acted both in film and theatrical productions on Broadway.
Unfortunately, she lost her battle with Ovarian cancer in 1998 and passed away.
Movies: Paper Moon, What’s Up, Doc?, High Anxiety, Blazing Saddles, Clue, Mixed Nuts
Theatrical (Musical as well) : Kiss Me, Kate, On the Twentieth Century, In the Boom Boom Room, Two by Two
WHY I SO ADMIRE MADELINE KAHN:
I love to laugh. Who doesn’t? If you love to laugh, you will love Madeline Kahn. She really knew how to pick roles. Actually, no she didn’t- she MADE the roles she was given into the lovable and quirky characters that audiences have loved for decades. Nothing makes me laugh harder than watching her portray the ever-so wacky Eunice Burns. I’m not usually big on physical comedy (I go more for the wit), but Madeline is able to do it in such a way that I can’t help but love it. I hate that she is no longer with us. She would have gone on to do some incredible things had her time on earth not been cut short. And oh- to hear her sing. Her soprano is beautiful. It is what made people take her seriously. Everyone loved the comedy, yes, but when she sang, people stopped and they really listened because she was that incredible. The world is less bright without you in it, Madeline. Thank you for your talent and the work you did during your time here. We will love you forever.
Love and light!