Dedicated to actress and singer, Madeline Kahn. She is perhaps best known for the films she did with Mel Brooks' 'Blazing Saddles' and Peter Bogdanovich's 'Paper Moon', she was Oscar nominated for both roles. Madeline had an opera soprano singing voice and was on Broadway in shows like Two by Two, On the Twentieth Century, Born Yesterday, and The Sisters Rosensweig where she won the Tony for being 'Gorgeous'. She's one of the great underrated talents that was gone too soon. I hope you enjoy the blog! Visit often for updates.
Anyone Can Whistle benefit performance April 8, 1995
Madeline Kahn photographed by Bonnie Schiffman for “The Rollingstone Book of Comedy, 1991
Make sure to read William V. Madison’s latest blog post about the upcoming Madeline Kahn biography! And leave a comment telling how excited you are if you want! (Because its going to be great and worth being excited for just sayin’)
Original caption: John Wood still has Madeline Kahn laughing backstage at the Circle in the Square after his opening night performance in Tartuffe, 1977
Happy 88th Birthday Mel Brooks! (June 28, 1926)
He understands me somehow and he loves me somehow. And allows me to be myself to a greater degree more than other people do. I feel very liberated around him. He accepts my raunchier humor.
Happy Birthday Gene Wilder!
(June 11, 1933)
We became friends because we respected each other’s work and we like each other as people. I trust his taste and his intelligence and his point of view. I feel a kinship with him, an affinity as though he were a relative, which is very nice.
During the filming of Madeline Kahn’s scenes in Blazing Saddles, the cast and crew kept laughing, so Mel Brooks asked an assistant to go out and buy more than a hundred handkerchiefs. Whenever anyone on set started to laugh he or she would stifle the sound of laughter in a handkerchief.