29 September 2009

Progress Report 6: Madeline Kahn

Though this is not really a report on my progress in writing her authorized biography, I note that today marks Madeline Kahn’s 67th birthday. How young she would have been, if she were still among us! It’s a reminder that she managed to create an admirable body of work in a relatively short time, and to make a lasting impression on us.

Please join me in celebrating her memory today — perhaps in a chorus of “Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life.”



And a reminder: if you’d like to help in the fight against ovarian cancer — the disease that cut short the sweet mystery of Madeline’s life — you can make a donation to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Thanks.

7 comments:

Mikebench said...

This clip has to be one of the funniest things ever! I payed tribute to this great lady by listening to the "Anyone Can Whistle" 1994 concert at Carnegie... What fun that was!

William V. Madison said...

I'm glad you like the Anyone Can Whistle performance, as I do — Madeline herself found the experience difficult. (You may have to wait to read about that, though!) The show is quite odd. Even watching a video of the concert, I couldn't follow the plot, but it's a grand excuse for singing.

Justine said...

I just came across this - with today being the 10th anniversary of her death, I was searching the web for any kind of tributes to her, and I found this. I am SO thrilled to hear this is in the works, and I will absolutely be at Barnes & Noble on the day of release, getting my copy.

Anonymous said...

How are things progressing? Haven't seen an update for a while!!!

William V. Madison said...

Thanks for asking! The process is slower than I'd like, alas, since a global financial crisis is not the most propitious moment to pitch a book to a publisher. But I'm plugging away, and as 2009 ended, I landed several terrific interviews. I can hardly wait to share the treasures with you all.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear that. I can't wait to buy the book and I hope it will be sooner rather than later. Best of luck to you.

Suep said...

I love reading of your progress and your prose welcomes me with open arms. I can't wait to read the whole book - and I hope there are photos too! One of my favorites is a "Not Getting Married" performance. Can't wait to hear anything about that but don't tell me now! I don't want to know all the tidbits before I get to buy the real thing.