One of the best dance partners Fred Astaire ever paired up with on camera was Barrie Chase. Oh, baby, Barrie was terrific! Her name may not be widely known like others who danced with Astaire -- women such as Ginger Rogers, Eleanor Powell, Rita Hayworth and Cyd Charisse -- but she was a knock-out as his partner in Emmy winning NBC specials. The first one, "An Evening with Fred Astaire," aired in 1959. Her great legs and ponytail became her trademarks. Those and her dazzling dance talent.
and The Opposite Sex, the first remake of MGM's classic, The Women. She's in the title number of that remake. It's sung by Dick Shawn. She danced with Astaire in two of his 1950s films. Early in Silk Stockings, she's one of the babes in the "Too Bad, We Can't Go Back To Moscow" number. In Daddy Long Legs, she's a blonde in the "International Playboy" montage number with narration by Leslie Caron. As I wrote up top, a lot of classic film fans may not know her name but I bet they recognize her from a non-speaking and dancing bit part in a very popular comedy. Again working with Dick Shawn, she was Sylvester's stone-faced, bikini-clad Twist partner in It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
It's a shame movie studios didn't put her film career on a front burner. She was a bright presence in comedies and musical comedies. She could act in stark black and white dramas. One example -- the original version of Cape Fear, starring Robert Mitchum.