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Irene Kane dies of pancreatic cancer at 74

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Actress Irene Kane has died in New York of pancreatic cancer at the age of 74.

Irene Kane was best known for her female lead in Stanley Kubrick’s 1955 film Killer’s Kiss.

The actress, who later co-authored celebrity autobiographies under her married name Chris Chase, played a dancer who falls for a boxer in Stanley Kubrick’s crime drama.

Irene Kane would later say it was “a silly movie” that had been made “with no money [and] no names”.

Irene Kane, who died on October 31, went on to appear on Broadway and on television before moving into journalism.

Irene Kane was best known for her female lead in Stanley Kubrick's 1955 film Killer's Kiss

Irene Kane was best known for her female lead in Stanley Kubrick’s 1955 film Killer’s Kiss

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Irene Kane’s family declined to confirm her age at the time of her death. However, according to Wikipedia website, Irene Kane was born on January 12, 1939.

The former model was married in 1962 to television producer Michael Chase, the son of Pulitzer-winning playwright Mary.

Irene Kane went on to co-author the autobiographies of actress Rosalind Russell, comedian Alan King and one-time First Lady Betty Ford.


Stanley Kubrick, whose later films would include Dr. Strangelove, 2001: a Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange and The Shining, died in 1999.