Monday, August 2, 2010
" A wed wose. How womantic."
Madeline Kahn is gorgeous, talented, and she's in some of the funniest and most beloved films of our time. Surprisingly, Kahn graduated from Hofstra University in 1964 with a degree in....speech therapy. She began teaching at public school in New York and auditioning for stage roles. 1968 saw her finally making a splash on the stage and her feature film debut in What's Up, Doc? came in 1972. She continued to make memorable films in the 70s, most notably those with director Mel Brooks. Kahn appeared in Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and High Anxiety. Her role as Lili von Shtupp in Blazing Saddles earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination.
I haven't the space to list all of the movies that Kahn made before her death from ovarian cancer in 1999. However, I'd like to single out her performances as Mrs. White in Clue and Gypsy the moth in A Bug's Life. Beautiful woman, exceptional singer and actress, missed very much. Yet another reason to hate cancer.