Chris Chase, (née Greengard; about 1924 – October 31, 2013), also known by the stage name Irene Kane, was an American model, actor and journalist. Her best-known role is in Killer's Kiss by Stanley Kubrick. She later wrote advice books and co-authored several celebrity autobiographies. Her New York Times obituary has her dying at age 90 With a birth name of Irene, she was born "about 1924". Chase's brother is Nobel Prize winner Paul Greengard.
Life and career
Chase was discovered by Vogue. Photographer Bert Stern introduced her to Kubrick when he was looking for the female lead in Killer's Kiss. Following that film, Kane appeared in several Broadway stage productions. On June 3, 1962, she married Michael Chase (born 1932), son of playwright Mary Chase and an educational television producer.
She then began using the name Chris Chase professionally and moved into journalism, working at the New York Times and writing advice books on weight loss and getting into film acting. Chase and her husband were seriously injured in a car accident near Poughkeepsie, New York in April 1975. After a short stint at CBS Morning News, Chase joined CNN in 1980 and stayed until 1986, serving as the first anchor of Media Watch in 1985.
Chase also co-authored several celebrity autobiographies, including books by Rosalind Russell, Betty Ford, and Alan King. She also co-authored a biography of Josephine Baker with Baker's son Jean-Claude Baker.
- Films and television
- Killer's Kiss 1955
- Love of Life 1962-1965
- Naked City 1958, 1963
- All That Jazz 1979 (as Chris Chase)
- Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures 2001 (as Chris Chase)
- The Great American Waistline
- Life Is A Banquet with Rosalind Russell
- Times of My Life with Betty Ford
- Betty: A Glad Awakening with Betty Ford
- How to Be a Movie Star, or A Terrible Beauty Is Born
- Josephine: The Josephine Baker Story with Jean-Claude Baker
- Name Dropping with Alan King
- Miller Betty Jean (April 1, 1975). Writing brings fame for Chris Chase. The Evening Independent
- Chris Chase, Actress and Writer, Is Dead
- Irene Greengard in the 1940 Census
- Nykoruk, Barbara (1976). Authors in the news, Volume 1, p. 101. Gale Research Co.
- National Board of Review of Motion Pictures (1962). Films in Review, Volume 13, p. 118
- Johnson, Bonnie (February 23, 1981). Writer Chris Chase Measures the Girth of the Nation and Finds Food for Thought. People
- Staff report (April 7, 1975). Author Chris Chase is injured. The Evening Independent
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