was an American
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actress and novelist.
Born in New York City
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and educated at convent and boarding schools in the United States, England, and France, she was the only child of Edna Woolman Chase
Edna Woolman Chase was editor in chief of Vogue magazine from 1914-1952. During her years at Vogue, Chase made many contributions to the magazine. She saw Vogue through prosperous times and hard times of war and losing colleagues. Chase was born and raised in Asbury Park, New Jersey, but moved to...
, the editor in chief of Vogue
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magazine, and her first husband, Francis Dane Chase.
Chase made her society debut in 1923 and her Broadway
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debut a year later, in The Red Falcon
. Her stage appearances included roles in Days Without End
, Forsaking All Others
, While Parents Sleep
, On to Fortune
, Co-Respondent Unknown
, Revenge With Music
, Keep Off the Grass
and In Bed We Cry
, which was an adaptation of her novel of the same name. She was in the first Broadway cast of Clare Boothe Luce
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's play The Women
(1938) and subsequently appeared in Neil Simon
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's Broadway hit Barefoot in the Park
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Her films included Fast and Loose
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, Once a Sinner
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, The Animal Kingdom
, The Big Knife
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, and Now, Voyager
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. For several years, she was host of a radio program, Luncheon at the Waldorf
In 1957, she performed the role of the Stepmother in the television production of Rodgers and Hammerstein
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"Cinderella; or, The Little Glass Slipper" is a folk tale embodying a myth-element of unjust oppression/triumphant reward. Thousands of variants are known throughout the world. The title character is a young woman living in unfortunate circumstances that are suddenly changed to remarkable fortune...
, which starred Julie Andrews
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. Her last motion picture appearance came in Ocean's Eleven
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(1960) as the mother of the Peter Lawford
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character. Chase made a rare television sitcom appearance as "Aunt Pauline" on The Patty Duke Show
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Ilka Chase was married three times and divorced twice. She bore no children:
- Actor Louis Calhern
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- William B. Murray, a radio executive, 1935–1946
- Dr. Norton Sager Brown, 1946–1978
Her autobiography, Past Imperfect
(Vol I) Which said " Those who never fail are those who never try." was published in 1942 and Free Admission
(Vol II), published in 1948. She also wrote more than a dozen other books.
Chase died in Mexico City
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, aged 77. Her epitaph reads: "I've finally gotten to the bottom of things."