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Debra Martin Chase

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Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Film Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Licorice (Red)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Don't Jump Over The Dollar To Get The Dime.

Birthplace

Born:
10/11/1956
Birth Location:
Great Lakes, Illinois

Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Film Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Licorice (Red)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Don't Jump Over The Dollar To Get The Dime.

Birthplace

Born:
10/11/1956
Birth Location:
Great Lakes
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Biography

Movie producer Debra Martin Chase was born on October 11, 1956, in Great Lakes, Illinois. Chase’s father, policeman Robert Douglas Martin, and her mother, teacher Beverly M. Barber Martin, moved to Pasadena, California, when Chase was six years old. Attending Copernicus Elementary School and Our Lady of Solace School in Chicago, and Washington School and Loma Alta School in Altedena, California, Chase graduated from Amherst High School in 1973. Chase earned her B.A. degree from Mount Holyoke College in 1977, and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1981.

Chase practiced law at Houston’s Mearday, Day, and Caldwell firm, and wrote freelance articles for Houston City magazine. After serving as a lawyer for Tenneco from 1983 to 1985, Chase moved to New York City where she worked for Stroock, Stroock, and Lavan law firm, and eventually became in-house counsel for Avon Products. In 1988, Chase worked for the Michael Dukakis presidential campaign and David Dinkins’s successful mayoral campaign.

Interested in the film industry, Chase joined the legal department of Columbia Pictures, and by 1989, she was executive assistant to Frank Price. By 1992, Chase was heading Denzel Washington’s production company, Mundy Lane Entertainment, producing The Pelican Brief, Devil in a Blue Dress, The Preacher’s Wife, Courage Under Fire and the Academy Award nominated documentary, Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream. By 1995, Chase had become the executive vice president of Whitney Houston’s Brown House Productions, which produced the 1997 Emmy nominated television musical Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and The Princess Diaries. In 2000, Chase formed Martin Chase Productions; she went on to produce Fox-TV’s Missing and Disney’s The Cheetah Girls, Miracle (2004), and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005).

Chase volunteered for Friends of the Studio Museum of Harlem; the Heartland Film Festival; the Community Resource Advisory Committee of the Los Angeles County Museum; and served on the board of Chicago’s Columbia College. A producing mentor for the University of Southern California, Chase remained a resident of the Hollywood Hills.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Debra Martin Chase lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Debra Martin Chase describes her maternal family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Debra Martin Chase describes her maternal family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Debra Martin Chase describes her mother's education and occupation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Debra Martin Chase describes her paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Debra Martin Chase describes how her parents met at Englewood High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Debra Martin Chase describes her father's occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Debra Martin Chase describes how she resembles her mother's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Debra Martin Chase describes her earliest childhood memory of growing up in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Debra Martin Chase describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Debra Martin Chase describes her elementary education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Debra Martin Chase describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Debra Martin Chase describes her childhood love of movies and television
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Debra Martin Chase remembers her disillusionment with the Catholic Church growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Debra Martin Chase recalls her childhood interest in writing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Debra Martin Chase explains why she did not consider a career in film while growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Debra Martin Chase talks about her social life during her elementary and high school years in California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Debra Martin Chase remembers encounters with a racist teacher and a racist advisor
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Debra Martin Chase talks about her experiences in Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Debra Martin Chase talks about spending the summer with her grandmother as a teenager in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Debra Martin Chase talks about her plans after graduating early from Amherst High School in Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Debra Martin Chase talks about attending Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Debra Martin Chase talks about her law school and journalism aspirations during college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Debra Martin Chase remembers influential college professors and her internship at HistoryMaker The Honorable Edward Brooke's office
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Debra Martin Chase talks about working as a paralegal at O'Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Debra Martin Chase talks about her experiences at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Debra Martin Chase remembers the environment at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Debra Martin Chase talks about her early career as a lawyer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Debra Martin Chase talks about moving to Houston, Texas and working at Butler & Binion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Debra Martin Chase talks about working as a freelance writer and as an in-house lawyer at Tenneco in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Debra Martin Chase talks about working for Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in New York, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Debra Martin Chase talks about working for Avon Products in New York, New York and on Michael Dukakis's presidential campaign
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Debra Martin Chase remembers deciding to pursue a career in film production
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Debra Martin Chase talks about her internship with Columbia Pictures in Culver City, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Debra Martin Chase talks about working for the legal department of Columbia Pictures in Culver City, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Debra Martin Chase details how she became a studio executive in Hollywood, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Debra Martin Chase talks about working with Denzel Washington and his production company, Mundy Lane Productions
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Debra Martin Chase talks about producing the documentary 'Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Debra Martin Chase talks about meeting Whitney Houston while producing 'The Preacher's Wife'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Debra Martin Chase talks about working on the remake of Rodgers and Hamerstein's 'Cinderella'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Debra Martin Chase talks about working on 'The Princess Diaries' and fulfilling a childhood dream of working with Julie Andrews
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Debra Martin Chase talks about the role of a movie producer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Debra Martin Chase talks about 'The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' movie
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Debra Martin Chase talks about her recent and upcoming movie and television projects
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Debra Martin Chase explains her process for finding material and scripts to produce
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Debra Martin Chase talks about the lack of African American films and screenwriters in Hollywood
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Debra Martin Chase talks about making a non-African American movie as an African American woman and her mentee, Shonda Rhimes
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Debra Martin Chase describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Debra Martin Chase describes her admiration for HistoryMaker The Honorable Barack Obama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Debra Martin Chase reflects upon the challenge of longevity in the movie industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Debra Martin Chase talks about the biggest disappointment in her filmmaking career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Debra Martin Chase reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Debra Martin Chase reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Debra Martin Chase talks about her parents' reaction to her becoming a movie producer
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Debra Martin Chase describes the challenges of being an African American woman movie producer
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Debra Martin Chase talks about her aspirations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Debra Martin Chase describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Debra Martin Chase narrates her photographs