Chris Chase
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Chris Chase

Chris Chase (born Irene Greengard; January 12, 1924 - October 31, 2013), also known by the stage name Irene Kane, was an American model, film actress, writer, and journalist.[1] Her best-known role was in Killer's Kiss. She later wrote advice books and co-authored several celebrity autobiographies.[2] Her younger brother is Nobel Prize winner Paul Greengard.[3]

Life and career

Born to Pearl (née Meister) and Benjamin Greengard in New York City in 1924, Irene Greengard was a model for Vogue.[4] In the mid-fifties photographer Bert Stern, who had photographed her for this magazine, introduced her to film director Kubrick when he was looking for the female lead in Killer's Kiss. She took the professional name Irene Kane, and went on to appear in several Broadway productions.


On June 3, 1962, Kane married Michael Chase (born 1932), an educational television producer, and the son of playwright Mary Chase. She took her husband's surname professionally as well as legally.[5] As Chris Chase, she moved into journalism, working at the New York Times, and writing advice books on weight loss and getting into film acting.[6] Chase and her husband were seriously injured in a car accident near Poughkeepsie, New York in April 1975.[7]

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. She co-authored several celebrity autobiographies, including books by Rosalind Russell, Betty Ford, and Alan King Name Dropping ISBN 0-684-83278-X. She co-authored a biography of Josephine Baker with Baker's son, Jean-Claude Baker.[]


She died of pancreatic cancer on October 31, 2013 at her home in New York City, aged 89. She was survived by her husband, siblings, and extended family.[8][9]


Films and television




  1. ^ Miller, Betty Jean. (April 1, 1975). "Writing brings fame for Chris Chase." The Evening Independent
  2. ^ Chris Chase, Actress and Writer, Is Dead
  3. ^ Irene Greengard in the 1940 Census
  4. ^ Nykoruk, Barbara (1976). Authors in the news, Volume 1, p. 101. Gale Research Co.
  5. ^ National Board of Review of Motion Pictures (1962). Films in Review, Volume 13, p. 118
  6. ^ Johnson, Bonnie. (February 23, 1981). "Writer Chris Chase Measures the Girth of the Nation and Finds Food for Thought", People
  7. ^ Staff report (April 7, 1975). "Author Chris Chase is injured", The Evening Independent.
  8. ^ Notice of death of actress Irene Kane,; accessed December 26, 2013.
  9. ^ Notice of death of Chris Chase,; accessed December 26, 2013.

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