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Madeline Kahn is a Actor American born on 29 september 1942 at Boston (USA)

Madeline Kahn

Madeline Kahn
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Birth name Madeline Gail Wolfson
Nationality USA
Birth 29 september 1942 at Boston (USA)
Death 3 december 1999 (at 57 years) at New York City (USA)
Awards Daytime Emmy Award

Madeline Kahn (September 29, 1942 – December 3, 1999) was an American actress, comedian and singer, known for her comedic roles in films directed by Peter Bogdanovich and Mel Brooks; including What's Up, Doc? (1972), Young Frankenstein (1974), High Anxiety (1977), History of the World, Part I (1981), and her Academy Award nominated roles in Paper Moon (1973) and Blazing Saddles (1974).

Kahn made her Broadway debut in Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1968, and received the first of four Tony Award nominations for the 1973 play In the Boom Boom Room. She received subsequent nominations for the revivals of the musicals On the Twentieth Century (1978) and Born Yesterday (1989), before winning the 1993 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for the comedy The Sisters Rosensweig. She had previously won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1987 for ABC Afterschool Special. Her other film appearances included The Cheap Detective (1978), City Heat (1983), Clue (1985) and Nixon (1995).


De son vrai nom Madeline Gail Wolfson, elle est la fille de Paula Kahn, chanteuse et actrice, et de Bernard B. Wolfson, ouvrier dans une manufacture de vêtements. Élevée dans une famille juive non pratiquante, elle n'a que deux ans lorsque ses parents divorcent. Elle emménage avec sa mère à New York, dans le Queens. Elle a deux demi-frère et sœur nés des remariages de ses parents : Jeffrey, fils de Paula, et Robyn, fille de Bernard Wolfson. Chacune de ces nouvelles unions finira par un divorce.

Elle accède à la célébrité dans les années 1970 grâce à ses rôles déjantés dans les films de Mel Brooks Le shérif est en prison, Frankenstein Junior, Le Frère le plus futé de Sherlock Holmes, Le Grand Frisson et La Folle Histoire du monde.

Elle meurt en 1999 des suites d'un cancer ovarien.

Best films

Blazing Saddles (1974)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
History of the World: Part I (1981)
Paper Moon (1973)

Usually with

Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(6 films)
Dom DeLuise
Dom DeLuise
(7 films)
Gene Wilder
Gene Wilder
(3 films)
John Morris
John Morris
(7 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Madeline Kahn (31 films)

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The Magic 7
Themes Children's films
Actors John Candy, Michael J. Fox, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Ice-T, Dirk Benedict
Rating71% 3.5777353.5777353.5777353.5777353.577735
Deux enfants et un dragon défient les six plus grands ennemis de la terre.
Judy Berlin, 1h33
Directed by Eric Mendelsohn
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Barbara Barrie, Bob Dishy, Edie Falco, Carlin Glynn, Bette Henritze, Madeline Kahn
Roles Alice Gold
Rating68% 3.441883.441883.441883.441883.44188
A schoolteacher, Sue Berlin, develops a romantic attachment to the principal, Arthur Gold, who is in an unhappy marriage with his wife Alice.
A Bug's Life, 1h35
Directed by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Circus films, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about insects, Children's films
Actors Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Hayden Panettiere, David Hyde Pierce, Phyllis Diller
Roles Gypsy Moth (voice)
Rating71% 3.596823.596823.596823.596823.59682
Flik, an individualist and would-be inventor, lives in a colony of ants in the middle of a dried creek. They are led by Princess Atta and her mother, the Queen. The colony is oppressed by a gang of marauding grasshoppers, led by Hopper, that arrive every season demanding food from the ants. One day, when the annual offering is accidentally knocked into a stream by Flik's latest invention, a grain-harvesting device, the grasshoppers demand twice as much food as compensation. The ants trick Flik into accepting his plan to recruit "warrior bugs" to fight off the grasshoppers. While Flik actually believes in the plan, the other ants see it as an opportunity to get rid of Flik and save themselves trouble.
Nixon (1995)
, 3h3
Directed by Oliver Stone
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical
Themes Politique, Political films, White House in fiction
Actors Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, Paul Sorvino, Bob Hoskins, Powers Boothe, John Diehl
Roles Martha Mitchell
Rating70% 3.5486853.5486853.5486853.5486853.548685
The film is non-linear, framed by scenes of Nixon listening to his secret recordings towards the end of his presidency as the Watergate crisis intensifies. As such, it covers all aspects of Nixon's life as a composite of actual events, usually in the form of memories triggered by the recordings or newsreel-style summaries. It depicts his childhood in Whittier, California as well as his growth as a young man, football fan and player, and suitor to his eventual wife, Pat Ryan. It explores most of the important events of his presidency, including his downfall due to abuse of executive power in the White House.
Mixed Nuts
Mixed Nuts (1994)
, 1h37
Directed by Nora Ephron
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Themes Pregnancy films, Christmas films, Films about sexuality, Films about suicide, LGBT-related films, Transgender in film, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Steve Martin, Madeline Kahn, Anthony LaPaglia, Juliette Lewis, Rob Reiner, Adam Sandler
Roles Blanche Munchnik
Rating54% 2.701122.701122.701122.701122.70112
The plot begins on Christmas Eve, with ex-con Felix running from his angry, pregnant girlfriend, Gracie, as she chases him down the road. He accidentally runs into and damages a Christmas tree carried by two rollerbladers. When an argument breaks out among them, a stranger, Philip, unsuccessfully attempts to calm them down. They soon disperse.
For Richer, for Poorer, 1h30
Directed by Jay Sandrich
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Jack Lemmon, Talia Shire, Jonathan Silverman, Joanna Gleason, Madeline Kahn, George Wyner
Roles Billie
Rating60% 3.0475553.0475553.0475553.0475553.047555
Aram Katourian (Lemmon) is atop a bridge considering whether to jump to his death when a homeless woman (Madeline Kahn) -- fascinated by seeing a person die—interrupts him. He finally does not have the courage to commit suicide, and instead tells the woman his story:
Betsy's Wedding, 1h34
Directed by Alan Alda
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about marriage
Actors Molly Ringwald, Alan Alda, Ally Sheedy, Madeline Kahn, Joe Pesci, Joey Bishop
Roles Lola Hopper
Rating56% 2.8019452.8019452.8019452.8019452.801945
Eddie Hopper is a construction contractor from Long Island, New York, with two grown daughters. One of them, Betsy, is about to be married.
An American Tail, 1h16
Directed by Don Bluth
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Adventure, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about immigration, Seafaring films, Transport films, La précarité, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Musical films
Actors Phillip Glasser, Dom DeLuise, John P. Finnegan, Nehemiah Persoff, Cathy Cavadini, Pat Musick
Roles Gussie Mausheimer (voice)
Rating68% 3.447723.447723.447723.447723.44772
In 1885, Shostka, Russia, the Mousekewitzes—a Russian-Jewish family of mice—who live with a human family named Moskowitz are having a celebration of Hanukkah where the father gives his hat to his son Fievel and tells of a wonderful place called America, where there are no cats. The celebration is interrupted when a battery of Cossacks ride through the village square in an arson attack and the Cossack cats likewise attack the village mice.
My Little Pony: The Movie, 1h26
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Jeu, Films about horses, Musical films, Films about toys, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Tony Randall, Charles Adler
Roles Draggle (voice)
Rating59% 2.9535552.9535552.9535552.9535552.953555
At their home, Dream Castle, the ponies are running and playing through flowery meadows and grassy green fields with their animal friends. Elsewhere, Baby Lickety-Split is practicing a new dance step, as Spike, a baby dragon, accompanies her rehearsal on the piano. Meanwhile, at the Volcano of Gloom, a wicked witch named Hydia is planning to ruin the ponies' festival, but her two incompetent daughters, Reeka and Draggle, are not up to her family's standards of wickedness, and she laments about it, before sending them off to ruin the festival. During the baby ponies' dance performance, Baby Lickety-Split attempts to add her own dance and ruins the whole performance. She is told off by everyone and runs away, followed by Spike, only to end up falling down a waterfall and trapped in a valley. Meanwhile, Reeka and Draggle try to ruin the ponies' festival by flooding the area, but thanks to the Sea Ponies, end up getting washed away in an overflowing waterfall.
Clue (1985)
, 1h34
Directed by Jonathan Lynn
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Comedy thriller, Crime
Themes L'action se déroule en une journée, Jeu, Films about sexuality, Films about toys
Actors Tim Curry, Eileen Brennan, Lesley Ann Warren, Michael McKean, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn
Roles Mrs. White
Rating72% 3.6000753.6000753.6000753.6000753.600075
In 1954 New England, against a backdrop of McCarthyism, six strangers are invited to a party at a secluded New England mansion. They are met by the house butler Wadsworth, who reminds them that they have been given pseudonyms to protect their true identity. During dinner, the seventh attendee, Mr. Boddy, arrives. After dinner, Wadsworth takes everyone to the study and reveals the true nature of the party: all of the guests are being blackmailed:
City Heat
City Heat (1984)
, 1h33
Directed by Richard Benjamin, Blake Edwards
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Buddy films, Gangster films
Actors Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Jane Alexander, Madeline Kahn, Rip Torn, Irene Cara
Roles Caroline Howley
Rating55% 2.7505052.7505052.7505052.7505052.750505
In Kansas City, 1933, near the end of Prohibition, a police lieutenant known by his last name, Speer (Eastwood), is acquainted with a former cop turned private eye named Mike Murphy (Reynolds). Speer and Murphy were once good friends, which changed after Murphy left the force.
Yellowbeard, 1h36
Directed by Mel Damski
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Pirate films
Actors Graham Chapman, Peter Boyle, Tommy Chong, Cheech Marin, Peter Cook, Marty Feldman
Roles Betty
Rating58% 2.947292.947292.947292.947292.94729
The pirate Yellowbeard (Chapman) is incarcerated for 20 years for tax evasion. He survives the sentence but has not disclosed the whereabouts of his vast treasure. The Royal Navy hatches a plot to increase his sentence by 140 years, knowing that he will escape to set out for his treasure. He does so, recruiting a motley crew of companions. He had left a map of the treasure in the chimney of his wife's pub, but she burned it. She then tells Yellowbeard that she had the map tattooed on their son's head. Things go wrong when his traitorous former bosun Mr. Moon (Boyle) takes over the ship. With the Head of the British Secret Service (Idle) hot on their trail, they eventually find the island, where the terrible despot "El Nebuloso" and his majordomo "El Segundo" (Cheech and Chong) have taken residence with the treasure, and the battle for the prize commences.
Slapstick (Of Another Kind)
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Comic science fiction
Themes Comedy science fiction films
Actors Jerry Lewis, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Jim Backus, Merv Griffin, Pat Morita
Roles Eliza Swain / Lutetia Swain
Rating25% 1.278241.278241.278241.278241.27824
The People's Republic of China is severing relations with all other nations. They have mastered the art of miniaturization, and have shrunk all their people to the height of 2 inches. The ambassador of China, Ah Fong (Pat Morita), announces during a press conference that the key to all knowledge can be found from twins.
History of the World: Part I, 1h32
Directed by Mel Brooks, Brian W. Cook
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films set in Africa, La préhistoire, Films about religion, Musical films, Portrayals of Jesus in film, Children's films, Histoire de France, French Revolution films
Actors Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Mel Brooks, Harvey Korman, Gregory Hines
Roles Empress Nympho
Rating67% 3.3997853.3997853.3997853.3997853.399785
The film is a parody of the historical spectacular film genre anthology, including the sword and sandal epic and the period costume drama subgenres. The four main segments consist of stories set during the Stone Age, the Roman Empire, the Spanish Inquisition, and the French Revolution. Other intermediate skits include reenactments of the giving of the Ten Commandments and the Last Supper.