She was born Mary Margaret Hahn on January 22, 1937 in Vanduser, Missouri. His mother, Violet (Phegley) Hahn, was a housewife. Her father, Harold Hahn, was not part of her life. She attended Washington University in St Louis for one semester in 1955.
Little is known about her next decade or so except that she was a dancer in Las Vegas and met her future husband, Ralph Mishkin, while modeling for an advertisement for his dance company. carpet making. By then she had changed her first name to Chase.
She and Mishkin married in 1970 and lived for a time on an estate they bought from singer and actress Cher in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. Mishkin became known as a hostess and philanthropist, but turned to acting after Mishkin’s death in 1993.
In 1996, she directed Trish Vradenburg’s The apple does not fall… – about a woman’s relationship with her mother, who has Alzheimer’s disease – in a small theater in Los Angeles before taking her to the Lyceum Theater on Broadway, under the direction of her friend Leonard Nimoy.
It failed, but Mishkin continued, becoming increasingly familiar on Broadway for her flamboyant red hair and mink coats and arriving at premieres — and Sardi’s, the theater district’s gathering spot — in her black cab. from London, which she had reupholstered in Burberry plaid. .
“She came on the scene in a bold way,” said Riedel, the author of Razzle Dazzle: Battle for Broadway (2016) and co-host of a morning radio show on WOR-AM in New York. “She was part of a new breed of producers who said, ‘If I’m going to give you $500,000, I’m not going to be a passive investor — I want to be involved in every aspect of the show.'”