Actress Madeline Kahn died on this day in 1999, from ovarian cancer. I intended to post a still from one of her best-known movie roles, looking particularly for something from Blazing Saddles or Young Frankenstein. I wouldn't have minded finding a good photo of her as Trixie Delight in Paper Moon, either. However, I stumbled upon a lovely tribute site, Madeline-Kahn.com, found this wonderful photo, and could not resist, considering who else is in it.

The above photo was taken as publicity for a Broadway musical, On the Twentieth Century, which was based on the wonderful 1934 screwball comedy Twentieth Century. The musical opened on Broadway in early 1978. That's a rather young Kevin Kline, pre-movie career, standing to the left of Kahn. Kahn played temperamental actress Lily Garland in the musical, and Kline played her current boy-toy, whom she favors over megolamaniacal producer Oscar Jaffe (played by John Cullum). Cy Coleman, who wrote the music, is standing in the middle. And that's Adolph Green and Betty Comden, who wrote the book and lyrics, on the right side of the photo. Since Comden died recently, do you see why I had to share this photo with you? The only problem with this photo is that it makes me wish very hard that I could have seen this production, although I would have been 9 years old at the time and probably would have fallen asleep in the middle.

I could go on and on about Madeline Kahn, but instead I recommend you visit the above-mentioned tribute site to enjoy dozens of great photos from the actress's films, TV appearances, and plays, as well as other information about her.
categories Features, Cinematical