The star of movies, stage and television was born in Boston. Her parents divorced when Madeline was three and her mother was remarried to a man named Kahn, which is where Madeline got her last name.
After her parents' divorce, her mother moved her to New York City. In 1948, Madeline was sent to a progressive boarding school in Pennsylvania, where she stayed until 1952.
When she returned, she entered public school. She attended Martin Van Buren High School and won a drama scholarship to Hofstra University, where she studied music, drama and speech therapy.
After graduating in 1964, she embarked on her professional career. She earned her equity card as a member of the chorus in a 1965 stage version of "Kiss Me Kate." She made her Broadway debut in "New Faces of 1968" and also that year appeared in her first film, a short, entitled, "De Duve." It was a send-up of Ingmar Bergman films and was nominated for an Academy Award. Her feature film debut was as Eunice Burns in 1972's "What's Up, Doc?" Also during the late 1960's she started appearing as a guest on various talk shows.
Madeline appeared as a regular on a summer replacement series called, "Comedy Tonight" in 1970. She followed this with appearances in several specials over the next 25 years.
Madeline won an Emmy Award for her role of a lonely mother whose son (played by a very young Ben Affleck) tries to match his mother up by placing an ad in the paper in "Wanted: The Perfect Guy."
Madeline kept herself busy on stage, film and tv until her untimely death of ovarian cancer on December 3, 1999.… Expand
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