Madeline Kahn: Being The Music, A Life (Hollywood Legends Series)
Madeline Kahn: Being the Music, A Life (Hollywood Legends Series)
Best known for her Oscar-nominated roles in the smash hits Paper Moon and Blazing Saddles, Madeline Kahn (1942�1999) was one of the most popular comedians of her time�and one of the least understood. In private, she was as reserved and refined as her characters were bold and bawdy. Almost a Method actor in her approach, she took her work seriously. When crew members and audiences laughed, she asked why�as if they were laughing at her�and all her life she remained unsure of her gifts.
William V. Madison examines Kahn�s film career, including not only her triumphs with Mel Brooks and Peter Bogdanovich, but also her overlooked performances in The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes� Smarter Brother and Judy Berlin, her final film. Her work in television�notably her sitcoms�also comes into focus. New York theater showered her with accolades, but also with remarkably bad luck, culminating in a disastrous outing in On the Twentieth Century that wrecked her reputation on Broadway. Only with her Tony-winning performance in The Sisters Rosensweig, fifteen years later, did Kahn regain her standing.
Drawing on new interviews with family, friends, and such colleagues as Lily Tomlin, Carol Burnett, Gene...