Style Icon – Madeline Kahn!

Not only a singularly gorgeous lady, but an incredibly talented, funny, amazing woman!

So extremely fabulous.

So extremely fabulous.

She brought a unique, seductive quality to some of my absolute favorite films: Paper MoonBlazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and Clue!

Playing the "floozie" Trixie Delight (A-DORBS!), Madeline travels for a while with Addie and Moses.

Playing the “floozie” Trixie Delight (A-DORBS!), Madeline travels for a while with Addie and Moses in 1973’s funny, sad, and poignant take on living through the Great Depression Paper Moon.

Amazing.

Obviously satirizing Marlene Dietrich’s performance in Destry Rides Again (1939), Madeline looks amazing, and sounds hilarious as Lili von Shtupp in Mel Brooks’ 1974 hit Blazing Saddles!

Truly a classy broad.

Truly a classy broad.

Hot stuff!

Hot stuff playing Elizabeth, Dr. Frankenstein’s fiancé, who is later turned (on! haha!) by The Monster!

Best Bride of Frankenstein EVER!

A completely different look! Playing the fabulous Mrs. White, Madeline Kahn embodied an amazing character, and wore one hell of an awesome hat.

A completely different look! Playing the fabulous Mrs. White, Madeline Kahn embodied an amazing character, and wore one hell of an awesome hat.

Because we might as well re-live it.

Like many other (kick ass) actors, Madeline spent time hanging with the Muppets. Here's a shot of her and Kermit in  The Muppet Move (1979). LOVE that dress!

Like many other (kick ass) actors, Madeline spent time hanging with the Muppets. Here’s a shot of her and Kermit in The Muppet Movie (1979). I LOVE that dress!

Her comedic timing is impeccable, her grace and poise in the midst of ridiculousness is unbeatable, and her hair ALWAYS looks completely gorgeous. She was nominated for two Academy Awards, nominated for four Tony Awards (she won for Actress in a Drama for “The Sisters Rosensweig” in 1993), and her performance as Lili von Shtupp is ranked among the Top 100 Performances of All Time!

Such a cutie!

Classically trained as an opera singer, Madeline Kahn was truly an amazing performer, and despite her early death (she was only 57!) in 1999, is fondly remembered, and was the (unknowing) recipient of many gleeful hoots this past weekend at the Alamo Drafthouse‘s Blazing Saddles Quote-a-Long.

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