Barrie Chase, now 83, was an extraordinary dancer -- Astaire's last and one of his best partners. They danced in his Emmy-winning NBC specials of the 1960s and in a fun made-for-TV movie. Classic film fans will know Barrie Chase as wacky Sylvester's stone-faced, bikini clad dancing girlfriend in IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD. In the drama CAPE FEAR, she was the first victim, the woman beaten up by Robert Mitchum's criminal character. Highly respected by choreographers, you see Barrie Chase as a stand-out chorus dancer in musicals such as SILK STOCKINGS and DADDY LONG LEGS (both with Astaire), WHITE CHRISTMAS and PAL JOEY.
By the way, I feel Astaire should've gotten a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his first dramatic role -- as the scientist in Stanley Kramer's anti-nuclear war drama, 1959's ON THE BEACH. He's so strong in that role.
Thanks for taking this Fred Astaire Dance Break with me.