Barrie Chase

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Barrie Chase
Barrie Chase Fred Astaire 1961.JPG
Chase performing with Fred Astaire on the Astaire Time television special in 1960.
Born (1933-10-20) October 20, 1933 (age 85)
OccupationActress, dancer
Years active1952-72
Spouse(s)Gene Shacove (19??-19??; divorced)
Jan Malmsjö (1966-1968; divorced)
Dr. James Kaufman (present); 1 child

Barrie Chase (born October 20, 1933) is an American actress and dancer originally from Kings Point, New York.

Early life[edit]

When Chase was six, her father, writer Borden Chase, moved the family to California so he could begin a career as a screenwriter. She grew up in Encino and studied ballet. She abandoned her intention to become a ballerina in New York to stay in Los Angeles and help support her mother, pianist Lee Keith, after her parents' divorce. Her brother was screenwriter Frank Chase.[1]

Performing career[edit]

During the early 1950s, Chase danced on such live TV programs as The Colgate Comedy Hour and The Chrysler Shower of Stars. It was while she was working as Jack Cole's assistant choreographer at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer that Fred Astaire asked her to be his dancing partner on An Evening with Fred Astaire. She made four television appearances as Astaire's partner in his television specials between 1958 and 1968. The two danced on Hollywood Palace in 1966. During this period, she dated Astaire, a widower.[2]

She appeared on the syndicated talk show version of The Donald O'Connor Show. Chase worked in the chorus of many Hollywood musicals, including Hans Christian Andersen (1952), Call Me Madam (1953), Deep in My Heart (1954), Brigadoon (1954), Kismet (1955), Pal Joey (1957), Les Girls (1957), and two Fred Astaire films, Daddy Long Legs (1955) and Silk Stockings (1957). She appeared in White Christmas (1954) as the chorus girl who speaks the line, "Mutual, I'm sure."[3]

Chase's other film roles included The George Raft Story (1961); the beating victim of a sadistic Robert Mitchum in the thriller Cape Fear (1962); and the dancing, bikini-clad paramour (restored footage revealed her character was in reality married) of Dick Shawn's maniacal character, Sylvester Marcus, in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963). She played Farida in the film The Flight of the Phoenix (1965), starring James Stewart and Richard Attenborough, in a dream sequence. In 1965 she appeared in the episode "The Ballerina" on the Bonanza television series, playing a saloon dancer who longed to be a ballerina.

Personal life[edit]

Chase retired from performing in 1972 to devote herself to her own family. Twice divorced, she is currently married to Richard Kaufman. The couple have one child.


  1. ^ Green, Paul (2006). A History of Television's The Virginian, 1962-1971. McFarland. p. 193. ISBN 9780786457991.
  2. ^ Levinson, Peter (March 2009). Puttin' On the Ritz: Fred Astaire and the Fine Art of Panache, A Biography. St. Martin's Press. pp. 250–287, 341–42. ISBN 0-312-35366-9.
  3. ^ "Barrie Chase profile". Retrieved December 23, 2011.

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