Barrie Chase – Bob Mackie – Mad World Ball Gown

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I met with Barrie Chase today. She was Fred Astaire’s dancing partner in the late sixties. She was showing me her collection of costumes designed by Bob Mackie and the vintage photographs of her wearing them on the set of Astaire’s TV show which were taken by legendary Hollywood photographer John Engstead. She also had a black sequined ball gown designed by Manuel Pertegaz which she’d worn to the Premier of It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (Casey Productions, 1963). I asked her if she was in that film and she said she was …then it suddenly hit me! She was the woman who does that odd shimmy dance with her stoned boyfriend at the beach house, the best scene in the whole movie!

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