To say that I loved her is to say too little. She left us way too soon. The first time that I took notice of Madeline Kahn was in Peter Bogdanovich's What's Up, Doc?, one of my favorite films of all time, as the hysterical fiancée of Ryan O'Neal. What an introduction & feature film debut.
I was lucky enough to have seen her on Broadway in On The Twentieth Century with Kevin Kline, She Loves Me with Barry Bostwick, In The Boom Boom Room, & off-Broadway in John Guare’s splendid comedy- Marco Polo Sings A Solo, back in those crazy, zany 1970s.
Kahn’s legacy will always have the triple crown of the close succession of the comedies: Blazing Saddles (1974), Young Frankenstein (1974), & High Anxiety (1977), all were directed by Mel Brooks, who many Hollywood observers claimed was able to bring out the best of Kahn's comic talents. She was nominated for an Oscar for Blazing Saddles & for her amazing turn in Paper Moon, again with Bogdanovich directing. Kahn won a Tony for Windy Wassersein's The Sisters Rosenweig.