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    Talking Madeline Kahn

    I LOVED this woman. You knew when you saw that she was gonna be in a movie or someone's t.v. show, she was gonna be crazy funny and you were almost guaranteed to pee your pants from laughing. She was taken from us way too soon from Ovarian Cancer. I knew she could sing but I havd no idea she had a Doctorate in Opera...a little of her Bio...

    Madeline Kahn was born on September 29, 1942, in Boston, Massachusetts. She began her acting career in high school and went on to university where she trained as an opera singer and starred in several campus productions, ultimately earning a doctorate in her chosen field. Her finest years came in Paper Moon (1973) with Ryan O'Neal, which was followed the next year by Mel Brooks's outrageous Blazing Saddles (1974) as Lili Von Shtupp, a cabaret singer. She was so delightful in both that Madeline was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in both movies. In 1998, Madeline lent her voice to Gypsy in the wildly popular animated film A Bug's Life (1998). Tragically, on December 3, 1999, Madeline died of ovarian cancer in New York, a disease from which she suffered for about a year while she was a cast member of "Cosby" (1996). The accomplished stage and screen actress was just 57.

    This by far is one of the funniest scenes from History of the World Part 1
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6eTTaY1a6M

    Loved her in obviously Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles I thought she was freaking hysterical! Clue, Wholly Moses. I first saw her in one of my favorite films "What's Up Doc" and loved her ever since.

    As Lili Von Stupp
    "I'm tired of men always coming and going, going and coming and always too soon"

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    I love her too! I saw her on Carson once. She said she skipped her first two marriages since they end in divorce anyway...lol.

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    holy crap! I never knew she passed on. She was great!

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    One of my absolute favorite actresses of all time...god she was funny. And a real sweet lady, too.

    Love these clips..

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=dfr_OguztDA
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=Bujg9erFH48

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    poppie Guest
    Beautiful, talented, funny lady. We all miss her.

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    Jazbabee Guest
    Loved her also, but had no idea about her Opera background !! Wow !!

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    Kathyf Guest
    She was so funny! I loved her in Yung Frankenstein and Blazzing Saddles.

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    the things you learn. i didn't know she was gone. how sad for the world.

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    She was fantastic. I loved here especially in Blazing Saddles. She kills in Young Frankenstein as well. Too bad she couldn't be here to see the movie re-done as a Broadway play.

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    I remember, she was doing the last Bill Cosby show on CBS when she passed. Very sad.

    My favorite, please skip ahead to 6:00----

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h05PHUjUY_s


    R.I.P.
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    Is it true that she and Danny Kaye didn't get along? They did a play together.




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    Man - I didn't know she was gone! I'll sure miss her. My all-time favorite role of hers was Mrs. White in "Clue".

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    Clue, I forgot about that movie.

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    Young Frankenstein wouldn`t have been the same without her.....I adored her

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    Anyone else think that last show she was on, Cosby, was horrible? It wasn't funny at all.



    -K.

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    I thought she was the absolute star in "What's Up Doc?"....even with Streisand and O'Neal.....

    "Yes Eunice!".

    If I ever meet a lady called Eunice I have to bite my tounge or I start giggling.

    RIP Madeline....thanks for all the laughs!

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    I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't know she had died. I had no idea! She was really funny. I especially remember her in The Jerk with Steve Martin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RLR12 View Post
    I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't know she had died. I had no idea! She was really funny. I especially remember her in The Jerk with Steve Martin.

    I think you are confused with Bernadette Peters .. Kahn wasn't in The Jerk ..

    But I love her in "Young Frankenstein" and in "Clue" .. she also made me laugh in "Mixed Nuts" .. LOL very funny lady!

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    A very funny and pretty lady. Wish she was still around.
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    I had no idea she was dead! She was fab. Wow, what a damper. What was that movie in the 80's where she played one of three retarted aliens?
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    KAHN was fantastic !
    I loved her as EUNICE (too) in WHAT'S UP DOC (?)
    "EUNICE ? There's a person named EUNICE ?," asks JUDY MAXWELL (STREISAND)

    You know that she was suppose to play AGNES GOOCH in the LUCILLE BALL starring musical MAME ? True. There's two different versions as to why she wasn't in the film. Either way, KAHN lucked out because that movie is generally considered one of the all time turkeys to come out of HOLLYWOOD. Even if she'd stayed and given an excellent performance, which I'm sure she would have, nothing could compensate for a by then too old, too slow LUCILLE BALL.

    The first version is LUCILLE BALL was threatened by KAHN'S apparent scene stealing and had her canned. The second version is that KAHN wanted out of the production so that she could go work with MEL BROOKS; supposedly KAHN deliberately gave little during rehearsals so that they'd let her go. They had to pay her off anyway becasue of the way that the contract had been written.


    KAHN as Trixie Delight
    in PAPER MOON


    YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

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    Quote Originally Posted by MorbidMolly View Post
    Young Frankenstein wouldn`t have been the same without her.....I adored her
    That movie will always make me laugh. What a cast!!! She was good in everything she did. I remember when she died . I was in total shock.

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    lisalouver Guest
    I had forgotten that she died.

    I always thought she was funnier than hell.

    RIP

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    Anyone remember her ABC show "Oh Madeline"? It came on after Threes a Crowd. I vaguely remember it but I remember it as hilarious. The only instance I recall is her reading from her or a frined of hers diary about group sex with the Rolling Stones. Brash!
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    Reecy Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Kman0072 View Post
    Anyone else think that last show she was on, Cosby, was horrible? It wasn't funny at all.
    -K.
    I didn't see this episode. Did she look sick? What was the episode about?

    I loved Madeline...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ichabodius View Post
    Anyone remember her ABC show "Oh Madeline"? It came on after Threes a Crowd. I vaguely remember it but I remember it as hilarious. The only instance I recall is her reading from her or a frined of hers diary about group sex with the Rolling Stones. Brash!



    Yes I remember that show. It was on Tuesday nights I think. I found it hysterical too, then again, I was in junior high and thought Happy Days and Three's Company were worth watching, but she was a great physical comedian as well.

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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Kman0072
    Anyone else think that last show she was on, Cosby, was horrible? It wasn't funny at all.
    -K.


    I didn't see this episode. Did she look sick? What was the episode about?
    No, she was a regular on a post Cosby Show Cosby Show if that makes sense. It wasnt very good, but she had some balls if she was performing on a sitcom while she was slowly dieing. To quote the Ramones, "What Can You Do?" Okay the song wasnt about perserverance but it fits better than Cinderellas slipper. The bitch was strong.
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    I'll always remember her doing a spoor of herself as the Bride of Frankenstein on SNL...when she is brought to life, she starts singing: "I feel so pretty, Oh so Pretty..." It was great.
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    a spoor of herself
    ? What a fabulous new phrase to use! I can see myself at the baths:
    Oh that dirty old bitch made a spoor of herself when she shat all over that cock! Does'nt a girl remember to DOUCHE before stepping out?!
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    A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

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    Because she was so funny, you forget just how beautiful she was. I loved that voice!

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    I was very upset when she died. She was another favorite right next to Gilda Radner.

    Loved her in History of the World Part 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cubican View Post
    I LOVED this woman. You knew when you saw that she was gonna be in a movie or someone's t.v. show, she was gonna be crazy funny and you were almost guaranteed to pee your pants from laughing. She was taken from us way too soon from Ovarian Cancer. I knew she could sing but I havd no idea she had a Doctorate in Opera...a little of her Bio...

    Madeline Kahn was born on September 29, 1942, in Boston, Massachusetts. She began her acting career in high school and went on to university where she trained as an opera singer and starred in several campus productions, ultimately earning a doctorate in her chosen field. Her finest years came in Paper Moon (1973) with Ryan O'Neal, which was followed the next year by Mel Brooks's outrageous Blazing Saddles (1974) as Lili Von Shtupp, a cabaret singer. She was so delightful in both that Madeline was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in both movies. In 1998, Madeline lent her voice to Gypsy in the wildly popular animated film A Bug's Life (1998). Tragically, on December 3, 1999, Madeline died of ovarian cancer in New York, a disease from which she suffered for about a year while she was a cast member of "Cosby" (1996). The accomplished stage and screen actress was just 57.

    This by far is one of the funniest scenes from History of the World Part 1
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6eTTaY1a6M

    Loved her in obviously Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles I thought she was freaking hysterical! Clue, Wholly Moses. I first saw her in one of my favorite films "What's Up Doc" and loved her ever since.

    As Lili Von Stupp
    "I'm tired of men always coming and going, going and coming and always too soon"
    I watched Blazing Saddles this morning, ironically. She was very funny.

    Ovarian cancer took 2 of our great female comics, Madeline and Gilda Radner (the wife of Madeline's co-star in Blazing Saddles, Gene Wilder). Both gone way too soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ichabodius View Post
    ? What a fabulous new phrase to use! I can see myself at the baths:
    Oh that dirty old bitch made a spoor of herself when she shat all over that cock! Does'nt a girl remember to DOUCHE before stepping out?!






    WTF ICH! TMI, dude!

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    Oh I just adore her. I wanted to BE her when I was little. I danced around the house like a maniac pretending I was her in all the Mel Brooks movies

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    I remember that cosby show, in one episode she sang something I canĀ“t remember what, you could see that she was sick.

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    i loved her too. clue and young frankenstein are 2 of my favorite movies and i loved her in each one. i never knew she sang professionally though. i remember at the end of clue (one of the endings, as there are 3) they start singing and you can pick out her voice and she sounds really good. i love it. i'll miss her! i didnt really know her from anything else. and i only found more out about her after she had already died.. i wanted to send mail to her for an autograph but then i found out i was too late

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    Quote Originally Posted by ichabodius View Post
    ? What a fabulous new phrase to use! I can see myself at the baths:
    Oh that dirty old bitch made a spoor of herself when she shat all over that cock! Does'nt a girl remember to DOUCHE before stepping out?!
    Ich you are fucking killing me.
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    Madeline Khan was in a class by herself, I totally forgot about her death, thank you for bringing this up! she was absolutely HYSTERICAL!! RIP Madeline..

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    I remember watching Madeline Khan on Saturday Night Live and in one skit she was a singing bowling trophy. They spray painted her gold and she was the lady bowler on top of the trophy. She and sang and danced. It was so funny.

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    what a classy lady...

    blazing saddles is my all time favorite...
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    Young Frankenstein is a great movie, but Madeline Kahn is the reason I watch it over and over! She was too funny for words!

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    I thought she was fantastic..she and Gilda were two very funny.. very classy ladies who always made me laugh!

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    I will be forever saddend when I think of her passing away. Her and Gilda Radner would have made some WONDERFUL Movies together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raymel1 View Post
    I will be forever saddend when I think of her passing away. Her and Gilda Radner would have made some WONDERFUL Movies together.
    I agree. I miss Madeline so much. Gilda too.

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    I loved that line in "History of the World Part 1"...... "Ahhhh but while the servant waits...the master bates!"

    also for those who saw the movie.... remember this? .... "No No YES No No YES..No No No No No No YES!! OLE!!!"

    Makes me laugh hysterically everytime I see that movie!!

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    Cosby

    With all due respect to Madeline Kahn, did anyone else think that this show was painfully unfunny? It went off the air not too long after she passed away.

    And didn't she and Gilda Radner both die of the same type of cancer?

    So sad.

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    One of those extra features in the Young Frankenstein anniversary dvd box is Brooks talking about the trouble he had with censors, particularly one scene.

    Recall the scene in Lilli's dressing room with Sheriff Bart after she turns out the light and we hear a zipper being pulled down and Lilli exclaiming "oh it's twue, it's twue, it's twue."

    Brooks said that the script called for another line from Bart after that but the censors made Brooks take it out. The line was "er, ah, ma'am, pardon me, but you're suckin' on my arm".

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    I was just watching Paper Moon last week! She is missed.
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    I actually remember her pretty well on "Cosby"... they did a tribute episode with clips from her previous episodes shortly after she passed away.

    I don't remember her looking particularly ill, but I do remember her having very, very short hair towards the end, and it throwing me off because my young self was used to seeing her curly locks on "Sesame Street" every now and then. :-)

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