DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Madeline Kahn (aged 57)
American actress (Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles)
Madeline Gail Kahn (born Madeline Gail Wolfson; September 29, 1942 – December 3, 1999) was an American actress, comedian, voice actress, and singer, known for comedic roles in films directed by Peter Bogdanovich and Mel Brooks, including What’s Up, Doc? (1972), Young Frankenstein (1974), High Anxiety (1977), History of the World, Part I (1981), and her Academy Award-nominated roles in Paper Moon (1973) and Blazing Saddles (1974).
DEATH: Kahn developed ovarian cancer in 1998. She underwent treatment, continued to work on Cosby, and married John Hansbury in October 1999. She also worked on the first two episodes of Little Bill, voicing Mrs. Shapiro. However, the disease spread rapidly, and she died on December 3, 1999, at age 57.