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Irene Kane

( b. circa 1923 Brooklyn, New York, USA - d. Oct 31, 2013 Manhattan, New York, USA ) Female
Also known as: Chris Chase

Chase was an actress, journalist, memoirist and co-author of autobiographical books about Rosalind Russell, Josephine Baker and Betty Ford.

In the 1950s and ‘60s Ms. Chase appeared on the New York stage, on television and in film under the name Irene Kane. Her most notable role was in Stanley Kubrick's 1955 noir thriller, "Killer’s Kiss" as a dance-hall partner-for-hire who becomes a brutal man’s obsession.

She also performed in the 1956 Off Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera, had a recurring part on the CBS television soap opera “Love of Life” and appeared in several episodes of the TV series “Naked City” and played a cynical television culture critic in the 1979 film “All That Jazz,” Bob Fosse’s dark portrayal of show business life.

Ms. Chase never achieved stardom, but she found her voice writing about what she portrayed as her “I Love Lucy”-like pursuit of it. Her wry, self-deprecating essays, many of them first published in The New York Times, became the basis of a 1974 memoir, “How to Be a Movie Star, or a Terrible Beauty is Born.”

Ms. Chase also wrote “Josephine: The Hungry Heart” (1993) with Jean-Claude Baker, who was informally adopted as a teenage boy by Josephine Baker, the chanteuse and dancer who had made a mission of adopting orphans from around the world.

Source: The New York Times obituary

ProductionsDate of Productions
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Irene Kane [Jessica]
Oct 17, 1960 - Apr 23, 1961
The Ponder Heart
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Irene Kane
        Treva Peacock - Replacement
Feb 16, 1956 - Jun 23, 1956
Threepenny Opera
[Musical, Drama, Revival]
  • Performer: Irene Kane [Dolly]
  • Performer: Irene Kane
        Dolly - Replacement (1956 - ?)
Sep 20, 1955 - Dec 17, 1961
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