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Best known for her Oscar-nominated roles in the smash hits Paper Moon and Blazing Saddles, Madeline Kahn (1942–1999) was one of the most popular comedians of her time―and one of the least understood. In private, she was as reserved and refined as her characters were bold and bawdy. Almost a Method actor in her approach, she took her work seriously. When crew members and audiences laughed, she asked why―as if they were laughing at her―and all her life she remained unsure of her gifts.

William V. Madison examines Kahn’s film career, including not only her triumphs with Mel Brooks and Peter Bogdanovich, but also her overlooked performances in The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother and Judy Berlin, her final film. Her work in television―notably her sitcoms―also comes into focus. New York theater showered her with accolades, but also with remarkably bad luck, culminating in a disastrous outing in On the Twentieth Century that wrecked her reputation on Broadway. Only with her Tony-winning performance in The Sisters Rosensweig, fifteen years later, did Kahn regain her standing.

Drawing on new interviews with family, friends, and such colleagues as Lily Tomlin, Carol Burnett, Gene Wilder, Harold Prince, and Eileen Brennan, as well as archival press and private writings, Madison uncovers Kahn’s lonely childhood and her struggles as a single woman working to provide for her erratic mother. Above all, Madison reveals the paramount importance of music in Kahn’s life. A talented singer, she entertained offers for operatic engagements long after she was an established Hollywood star, and she treated each script as a score. As Kahn told one friend, her ambition was “to be the music.”

Spo-reflections on Broadway musicals (the good “old” ones)

While flitting around Youtube tonight I stumbled onto a recording of the original cast of the Broadway musical “On the Twentieth Century”. I haven’t heard this record since the late 70s. I was in a dolorous mood but it instantly cheered me up. There is nothing so comforting as hearing old tunes you haven’t heard in decades, songs that amazingly come right back restoring one’s faith... In my youth I was crackers for Broadway musicals (shocking I know). I would buy the recordings of the new shows of every season and listen to them over and over getting them memorized long before I saw them at The Fisher Theatre in Detroit. Yes, I was a Broadway queen long before I knew there was such as thing. “On the twentieth century” does not rank as one of my favorites, nor is it of great quality. But it is jolly good fun. With Madeline Kahn and Imogen Coca in it, how can it not be. Alas, they don’t make them like that anymore. I started losing interest in show-tunes somewhere in the 80s. Some of this was I was I got absorbed in medical school and I was discovering opera. But some of it was because Broadway shows were becoming no fun. The Tonys became less interesting and the shows held no interest. I think the last one I truly enjoyed was “Wicked” – how old is that one now I wonder. I guess the musicals I enjoyed are no longer feasible. “On the twentieth century’ as a new show – not the revival – would be laughed off the stage even if got as far as opening night. Funny, I will shell out $100 to hear the opera, but not for “Aladdin”. I guess this is another sign of old age: nostalgia for ‘the good old days when theatre was good not like those today’. Source: Spo-Reflections

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    She was delightful in "Paper Moon" and "Blazing Saddles," then uproarious as the monster's tuneful bride in "Young Frankenstein." Yet Madeline Kahn often didn't seem to appreciate her comedic talent, even though it kept her close to the hearts of

  • Funny lady: Madeline Kahn biography looks beyond the laughs

    05/31/15 ,via Winston-Salem Journal

    “Madeline Kahn: Being the Music, A Life” (University Press of Mississippi), by William V. Madison. She was delightful in “Paper Moon” and “Blazing Saddles,” then uproarious as the monster's tuneful bride in “Young Frankenstein.” Yet Madeline Kahn didn

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  • Madeline Kahn

    Univ. Press of Mississippi. 2015. ISBN: 9781617037627,1617037621. 336 pages.

    Best known for her Oscar-nominated roles in the smash hits Paper Moon and Blazing Saddles, Madeline Kahn (1942-1999) was one of the most popular comedians of her time--and one of the least understood. She turned out as reserved and refined as her characters were bold and bawdy. Almost a Method actor in her approach, she took her work seriously. When crew members and audiences laughed, she asked why--as if they were laughing at her--and all her life she remained unsure of her gifts. William V. Madison examines Kahn's film career, including not only her triumphs with Mel Brooks and Peter Bogdanovich, but also her overlooked performances in The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother and Judy Berlin, her final film. Her work in television--notably her sitcoms--also comes into focus. New York theater showered her with accolades, but also with remarkably bad luck, culminating in a disastrous outing in On the Twentieth Century that wrecked her reputation on Broadway. Only with her Tony-winning performance in The Sisters Rosensweig, fifteen years later, did Kahn regain her standing. Drawing on new interviews with family, friends, and such colleagues as Lily Tomlin, Carol Burnett, Gene Wilder, Harold Prince, and Eileen Brennan, as well as archival press and private writings, Madison uncovers Kahn's lonely childhood and her struggles as a single woman working to provide for her erratic mother. Above all, Madison reveals the paramount importance of music in Kahn's life. A talented singer, Kahn entertained offers for operatic engagements long after she was an established Hollywood star, and she treated each script as a score. As Kahn told one friend, her ambition was "to be the music."

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  • Take Home Broadway! – Even Tony Winners; and What about Sir John Gielgud and Bette Davis?

    06/25/15 ,via Hotty Toddy

    Who could have thought that anyone could almost erase the indelible mark Madeline Kahn [or even Carole Lombard in the classic 1934 scatterbrain romp] made in the Cy Coleman/Comden and Green 1978, but Kristin Chenoweth soars [winning a DD Award], with manic ...

  • Funny lady: Madeline Kahn biography looks beyond the laughs

    She was delightful in "Paper Moon" and "Blazing Saddles," then uproarious as the monster's tuneful bride in "Young Frankenstein." Yet Madeline Kahn often didn't seem to appreciate her comedic talent, even though it kept her close to the hearts of audiences ...

  • What to Do This Weekend

    06/25/15 ,via New York Times

    But it’s not all bleak, not with a cast of such comic whizzes as Madeline Kahn, Bob Dishy and Anne Meara. (Read Stephen Holden’s review. The film is not available on streaming platforms, so you’ll need to do some analog searching. Or check out the ...

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Madeline Kahn was born Madeline Gail Wolfson on September 29, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Freda (Goldberg) and Bernard B. Wolfson, a garment manufacturer.

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