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  • Madeline Kahn

    Born on September 29, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts

awards & nominations

Young Frankenstein (1974)

Madeline Kahn as "Elizabeth"

Respected medical lecturer Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) learns that he has inherited his infamous grandfather's estate in Transylvania. Arriving at the castle, Dr. Frankenstein soon begins to recreate his grandfather's experiments with the help of servants Igor (Marty Feldman), Inga (Teri Garr) and the fearsome Frau Blücher (Cloris Leachman). After he creates his own monster (Peter Boyle), new complications ensue with the arrival of the doctor's fiancée, Elizabeth (Madeline Kahn).

Golden Globe (1974) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Blazing Saddles (1974)

Madeline Kahn as "Lili Von Shtupp"

In this satirical take on Westerns, crafty railroad worker Bart (Cleavon Little) becomes the first black sheriff of Rock Ridge, a frontier town about to be destroyed in order to make way for a new railroad. Initially, the people of Rock Ridge harbor a racial bias toward their new leader. However, they warm to him after realizing that Bart and his perpetually drunk gunfighter friend (Gene Wilder) are the only defense against a wave of thugs sent to rid the town of its population.

Academy Award (1974) Nominated Best Supporting Actress

Paper Moon (1973)

Madeline Kahn as "Trixie Delight"

Real-life father and daughter Ryan and Tatum O'Neal team up as slick con-artists Moses Pray and Addie Loggins in 1930s Kansas. When "Moze" is unexpectedly saddled with getting the 9-year-old Addie to relatives in Missouri after the death of her mother, his attempt to dupe her out of her money backfires, and he's forced to take her on as a partner. Swindling their way through farm country, the pair is nearly done in by a burlesque dancer (Madeline Kahn) and an angry bootlegger.

Academy Award (1973) Nominated Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe (1973) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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