from the trailer for the film Now, Voyager (1942).
April 8, 1900|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||February 15, 1978
Mexico City, Mexico
Dr. Norton Sager Brown
(m.1946–1978; her death)
Ilka Chase (April 8, 1900 – February 15, 1978) was an American actress and novelist.
Born in New York City and educated at convent and boarding schools in the United States, England, and France, she was the only child of Edna Woolman Chase, the editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, and her first husband, Francis Dane Chase.
Chase made her society debut in 1923 and her Broadway 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, Tampico, 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's play The Women (1938) and subsequently appeared in Neil Simon's Broadway hit Barefoot in the Park.
In 1957, she performed the role of the Stepmother in the television production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, which starred Julie Andrews. Her last motion picture appearance came in Ocean's 11 (1960) as Mrs. Restes, the often married mother of Jimmy Foster Peter Lawford and her love interest mobster, Duke Santos Cesar Romero. Chase made a rare television sitcom appearance as "Aunt Pauline" on The Patty Duke Show.
Ilka Chase was married three times and divorced twice. She bore no children:
- Actor Louis Calhern, 1926–27
- William B. Murray, a radio executive, 1935–46
- Dr. Norton Sager Brown, 1946–78
Her autobiography Past Imperfect (Volume I), which said "Those who never fail are those who never try," was published in 1942, with Volume II, Free Admission, being published in 1948. She also wrote more than a dozen other books.
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