Ilka Chase

Ilka Chase

Highest Rated: 100% It Should Happen to You (1954)

Lowest Rated: 48% Ocean's 11 (1960)

Birthday: Apr 8, 1900

Birthplace: Not Available

A stage actress from the mid-'20s, Ilka Chase made her initial film appearance in 1929's Why Leave Home? Though she continued to turn in excellent work as a character actress well into the 1940s -- her best performance was arguably as the waspish Lisa Vale in Now Voyager (1942) --Chase's true fame rested in her prolific output as a newspaper columnist. Many of her journalistic reminiscences were gathered together in a brace of books, such as Past Imperfect (1945) and Free Admission (1948). She made a handful of film appearances in the 1950s, most memorably as a Hedda Hopper type in The Big Knife (1955), and devoted most of her energies to television, where she hosted several talk shows and guested on such quizzers as Masquerade Party. Her last major TV work was as Peter Falk's former mother-in-law in the 1965 legal series Trials of O'Brien. She died at the age of 72, from injuries sustained in a fall. Married three times, Ilka Chase's first husband was actor Louis Calhern.

Highest Rated Movies



48% Ocean's 11 Mrs. Restes 1960
No Score Yet Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella Actor 1957
88% The Big Knife Patty Benedict 1955
No Score Yet Johnny Dark Abbie Binns 1954
100% It Should Happen to You Herself 1954
No Score Yet Miss Tatlock's Millions Cassie Van Alen 1948
No Score Yet No Time for Love Hoppy Grant 1943
92% Now, Voyager Lisa Vale 1942
No Score Yet The Lady Consents Susan 1936
No Score Yet The Animal Kingdom (The Woman in His House) Grace 1932
No Score Yet Fast and Loose Millie Montgomery 1930
No Score Yet The Florodora Girl Fanny 1930
No Score Yet Paris Bound Fanny Shipmath 1929


No Score Yet Great Performances
The Stepmother 2004


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