[[Sara Stanley]]’s cousin Pigeon Plumtree is a famous actress, and her visit to [[Avonlea]] causes a sensation. Her glamour inspires Sara to become an actress, though [[Hetty King]] doesn’t approve. Though Pigeon is certainly charming and knowledgeable about the world, her acting experience has certainly fueled her own ego. Sara’s fascination with Pigeon when wanes when she rudely interferes with one of Avonlea’s budding romances. Fortunately, Sara’s kind nature cannot help but rub off on Pigeon, who ends her visit to Avonlea with a new appreciation of small town neighborliness.
Appears in [[2.11: It’s Just a Stage]].
Madeline Kahn played the role of Pigeon Plumbtree in [[2.11: It’s Just a Stage]]. Madeline (nee Madeline Gail Wolfson) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and began acting while still in high school. Kahn trained as an opera singer before graduating with a degree in speech therapy, and began her career on Broadway with musical and acting roles, using her mother’s maiden name as her stage moniker. Her feature film debut came alongside actor Ryan O’Neal and Barbara Streisand in the 1972 film What’s Up Doc?, and Kahn’s follow up film, Paper Moon, earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Kahn found her niche acting in irreverent comedies, such as Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety, and Clue. She was also cast in several television roles, earning a Daytime Emmy Award for work on the ABC Afterschool Special. In the late 1990’s, Kahn was given recurring guest spot on the show Cosby.
Kahn was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1999, and succumbed to the disease that same year, at the age of 57.
Appears in [[2.11 It's Just a Stage]].