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Madeline Khan was born in September 29, 1942 as Madeline Gail Wolfson. Her parents were Bernard B. Wolfson, and his wife, Freda (née Goldberg) in Boston, Massachusetts. She was raised as a non-observant Jew. When Kahn was two years old, her parents divorced, and she went with her mother to move in New York City, NY. In 1953, her mother married Hiller Kahn. He adopted her and she changed her name to Paula Kahn. She had two half-sliblings, Robyn and Jeffrey (one from her mother's marriage to Kahn and an another one from her father's second marriage.

She was married to John Hansbury in October 1999.

She has played Gussie Mausheimer in An American Tail, basing her voice on characters she played in the Mel Brooks films Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles.

Illness and death

Madeline Kahn was diagnosed of ovarian cancer in 1998. She had underwent her treatment. Her cancer has spread rapidly. She died from cancer on December 3, 1999 at the age of 57. She was cremated. A bench dedicated to her memory was erected in Central Park by her brother Jeffery Kahn and her husband John Hansbury.

Selected Filmography

  • Young Frankenstein
  • Slapstick of the Another Kind
  • Clue
  • An American Tail
  • My Little Pony The Movie
  • Bug's Life
  • The Muppet Movie

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