Ilka Chase

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Ilka Chase
Ilka Chase in Now Voyager trailer.jpg
from the trailer for the film Now, Voyager (1942).
Born(1900-04-08)April 8, 1900
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedFebruary 15, 1978(1978-02-15) (aged 77)
Mexico City, Mexico
OccupationActress/Novelist
Years active1923-1972
Spouse(s)Louis Calhern
(m.1926–1927; divorced)
William Murray
(m.1935–1946; divorced)
Dr. Norton Sager Brown
(m.1946–1978; her death)
 
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Ilka Chase
Ilka Chase in Now Voyager trailer.jpg
from the trailer for the film Now, Voyager (1942).
Born(1900-04-08)April 8, 1900
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedFebruary 15, 1978(1978-02-15) (aged 77)
Mexico City, Mexico
OccupationActress/Novelist
Years active1923-1972
Spouse(s)Louis Calhern
(m.1926–1927; divorced)
William Murray
(m.1935–1946; divorced)
Dr. Norton Sager Brown
(m.1946–1978; her death)

Ilka Chase (April 8, 1900 – February 15, 1978) was an American actress and novelist.

Biography[edit]

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.

Her films included Fast and Loose, Once a Sinner, The Animal Kingdom, The Big Knife, No Time For Love, and Now, Voyager. 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'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.

Personal life[edit]

Ilka Chase was married three times and divorced twice. She bore no children:

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.

Chase died in Mexico City, aged 77. She is interred at Westchester Hills Cemetery in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Her epitaph reads: "I've finally gotten to the bottom of things."

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