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July 2, 2023

Gorgeous Photos of Barrie Chase in the 1950s and ’60s

Born 1933 in Kings Point, New York, American actress and dancer Barrie Chase began formal dance lessons at age three, studying with the New York City Opera’s ballet mistress. During the early 1950s, she danced on live television programs such as The Colgate Comedy Hour and The Chrysler Shower of Stars. While working as Jack Cole’s assistant choreographer at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, she was asked by Fred Astaire to be his dancing partner on An Evening with Fred Astaire. She made four 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.

Chase appeared on the syndicated talk show version of The Donald O’Connor Show. She 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).

Chase’s other film roles included The George Raft Story (1961); the thriller Cape Fear (1962); and in the 1963 comedy It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Subsequently, she played Farida in the film The Flight of the Phoenix (1965). In 1967, she appeared as a Soviet ballerina in the episode “Fly, Ballerina, Fly” on the television series Mr. Terrific.

Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of young Barrie Chase in the 1950s and 1960s.


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