Madeline Kahn

Many people love Madeline Kahn -- especially in films like BLAZING SADDLES, HISTORY OF THE WORLD Part 1 -- even my wife's favorite CLUE. There's no doubt she was one of the best comediennes ever. Her timing was impeccable. 

But let's recall that she was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her turn in PAPER MOON (1973) -- one of my all-time favorite films. In the following scene, you can see such heartache and loneliness underneath everything.  She performs her monologue so effortlessly that it's so damn charming, in spite of who she is and what she wants. It's all beyond brilliant. 

What an underrated actress. I wish she were still around today. I would've cast her in everything.