My earliest memories of Madeline Kahn were when I snuck a peek at Blazing Saddles. I was far too young to understand the brilliance of her Lili Von Schtupp character and the power of her caricatures. Madeline Kahn was highly talented, but in the new book by William V Madison, Madeline Kahn: Being the Music, a Life, her fans get to see the life and insecurities behind one of the funniest ladies to ever grace the silver screen.
Madeline Kahn: Being the Music, a Life, looks closely at Madeline’s childhood and constant attempts to live up to her mother’s expectations, even as her mother did all she could to outshine her daughter. From Madeline’s fragmented family to her discovery of drama, she was always unsure of her talent. This biography also draws on interviews with her close friends and former coworkers including Lily Tomlin, Carol Burnett, Gene WIlder, Harold Prince and Eileen Brennan. It helps to give a more complete picture of her life.
For such a funny woman, Madeline Kahn certainly had a difficult road. She was taken from us far too soon due to ovarian cancer. Madeline Kahn: Being the Music, a Life is a fitting tribute to a Hollywood Legend.
Madeline Kahn: Being the Music, a Life is now available from University Press of Mississippi. Look for it on Amazon.