The Day Thread Has Flames on the Side of Its Face (9/29)

Though I’ve been at the Avocado a long time, I’ve never posted an Open Thread before. I wanted to take the opportunity today, though, because it would have been Madeline Kahn’s 76th birthday, and I don’t think I’ve ever admired an actor more. Celebrity deaths are often sad, but they rarely hit me personally. Madeline Kahn’s was the first that did; not only because she was so talented, but because she left us far too soon, passing away from cancer in 1999.

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But let’s make today’s thread a celebration! Go find any performance of hers, and it’ll cheer you instantly. She stole absolutely every single scene she was in, from scheming Trixie in Paper Moon to Mrs. Munchnik trapped in the elevator in Mixed Nuts. An entire thesis could (and should) be written about her collaborations with Mel Brooks: Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, History of the World, Part I, and High Anxiety.

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She won a Tony, and flirted with Kermit the Frog. She headlined her own TV show, and voiced a moth for Pixar. And of course, her murderous confession in Clue, a completely ad-libbed monologue, was the highlight of an already terrific movie.

She is still missed to this day, but the sadness of her passing doesn’t lessen the hysterical laughter she still elicits. So go, enjoy the day as much as Empress Nympho judging a line of Roman soldiers’ junk.