After a stint on stage, Kahn landed her breakout film role in the uproarious What's Up Doc? (1972). Playing a minx in 1973's Paper Moon, Kahn received a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination. A favorite of director Mel Brooks, she starred in four of his wacky comedies: 1974's Blazing Saddles (racking up another Oscar nod), Young Frankenstein (also '74), High Anxiety (1977) and History of the World: Part I (1981).
Kahn's other memorable movies include Clue (1985) and Nixon (1995); in 1998, she lent her voice to the animated blockbuster A Bug's Life. The vibrant actress succumbed to ovarian cancer Dec. 3, 1999.