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Madeline Kahn Biographer On Demand
by Betty Jo Tucker

From April 23 through April 29, Movie Addict Headquarters presents an ON DEMAND episode featuring an interview with William V. Madison, author of Madeline Kahn: Being the Music – A Life. Madison’s well-researched biography gives readers a riveting behind-the-scenes look at Madeline Kahn’s personal and professional life. It’s an inspiring tale about the persistence and dedication of an insecure but highly talented artist. George Bettinger, from The Mom and Pop Shop Radio Show, co-hosts this popular episode.  

Madison’s background includes serving as an Associate Editor of Opera News and a production assistant on the Broadway musical Rags. Madison is also a graduate of Columbia’s School of Creative Writing. Listeners can hear his terrific interview at any time during the week by clicking on the link at the end of this article.

Although earning a degree in speech therapy and receiving training as an opera singer, Madeline Kahn became famous as a popular star of film, stage and TV. She appeared in such entertaining films as Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, High Anxiety, Paper Moon, Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood, and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother.

During the course of her illustrious career, Madeline appeared in over 40 films and television shows, garnering two Oscar nominations and four Golden Globe nominations. She also won a Tony Award as Best Actress in The Sisters Rosensweig and a People’s Choice Award in 1984 as Best New TV Performer as well as a Daytime Emmy Award in 1987 for her Outstanding Performance in an After School Special. Madeline's hilarious portrayal of Lili Von Shtupp in Blazing Saddles was named #74 on Premier Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest film performances of all time. Madeline passed away in December of 1999 at age 57 -- but her impressive work on film brings her more fans every day.

Madeline Kahn: Being the Music – Life, published by the University Press of Mississippi, can be ordered on Amazon.com. It’s a must-read for people who love Madeline as well as books about showbiz stars.

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