Actress, Writer Chris Chase Dies

Irene Kane Obit

Chris Chase, a writer and actress who starred (under the name Irene Kane) in Stanley Kubrick’s early film noir feature “Killer’s Kiss” but spent more time co-penning the autobiographies of notables including Josephine Baker, Rosalind Russell and Betty Ford, died Oct. 31 of pancreatic cancer. Some sources told the New York Times that she was 90.

Chase’s late sister Irene Sobotka was briefly married to director Kubrick in the 1950s, and both sisters appeared in his early film “Killer’s Kiss.”

Under the Irene Kane moniker, Chase also appeared onstage in New York in the 1950s and ’60s, appeared as a regular on the CBS soap “Love of Life” in the early 1960s and in Bob Fosse’s 1979 film “All That Jazz,” in which she had a small but notable role as a jaded television critic.

She wrote essays for the New York Times that served as the basis for a 1974 memoir, “How to Be a Movie Star, or a Terrible Beauty Is Born.”

Chris Greengard was born in Brooklyn and appeared as a model in fashion magazines. The photographer Bert Stern introduced her to Kubrick.

She is survived by her husband, TV director Michael Chase; a sister, Linda Stern; and a brother, a brother, neuroscientist Paul Greengard, a Nobel Prize winner in physiology or medicine.

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  1. Frank W says:

    isn’t she the one featured in TCM’s early morning Noirish introduction? Several scenes from Killer’s Kiss are featured.

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