Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Soul Hottie: Annazette Chase



I was watching Isaac Hayes' 1974 classic, "Truck Turner" recently--probably for the third or fourth time over the last 15 years--when I noticed something that should have been obvious from the first viewing: his movie woman, Annazette Chase not only can act, but is hot as all get out in a laid-back and sexy kind of way.

Yes, yes, she plays a shoplifter. But she plays it so well. As keeper of the Soul Closet, I was intrigued. What other work did she do? Where is she now?

The valuable Internet Movie Database has her appearing in 27 different features between 1966 and 1984. The bulk of her work in the late 1960s to mid-1970s with appearances in TV shows "Sanford & Son," "Harry O," "Dragnet '67," "The Green Hornet"--even a 1974 "The Rockford Files" episode that featured Isaac Hayes. (They made two or three "RF" eps with Isaac Hayes playing the memorable Gandolph Fitch).

Chase was China Doll in the film "The Mack" and played Belinda Ali in the Muhammad Ali biopic "The Greatest." Her tv and film career seems to have slacked off after then. Her last appearance was in a 1984 episode of Benson.

I don't know where she is now, though. But I'll continue the hunt. Meanwhile, click on the video above and enjoy. (If only I could do as well with a six pack of beer.)

10 comments:

Tracy Lynn Deis said...

Man there is so much here; beer, KFC, and that sex soundtrack playing in the background. I'm straight (you know that), but old girl is hot! There were a few things that disturbed me though. 1) only six visits when she was in jail? That is sooo wrong. 2) Why couldn't a brother let a sister eat her chicken. You know that she ain't had a good meal in 30 days? 3) What the hell was on his clothes? I think the last thing I wanna do is spend 30 days in jail and come home to make love with an unwashed negro! 4) OK the cat watching them get it on was a little creepy. I love your posts!

Tracy

Manumitted Negro said...

Thanks, Tracy! The shirt is actually a funny subplot in the movie (and it involves the cat). The movie also has a scene when Isaac visits her in jail and the female prisoners go wild. And you right: She was almost finished with the bird; he could have let her get a few more bites before taking it away from her.

SANDA said...

Annazette Chase is alive and well and living in SoCal. She has not acted in a while, although she is considering a comeback. I recently interviewed her for a book about Black cinema of the 1960s and 70s and she was very warm, witty, and funny, and yes she still looks fantastic.

Manumitted Negro said...

SANDA: Thanks for the update on the lovely Ms. Chase. Glad she is doing well. Let us know more about the book when it comes out?

Black Man #1 said...

I remember in a 1980 magazine, there was a picture of the beautiful, & sexy actress Annazette Chase smashing a banana cream pie in the face of a man, if any one knows, please state the name of the magazine.

mattymatt said...

I havent spoken to Annazette (Annazette Chase)in 20 years, im glad shes doing well. I had the pleasure of working side by side with her outside her film life. I didnt realize till years later howmany things she played in. She used to joke around about redd foxx and other people she worked with, all in good heart. Her wonderful looks and attitude remained the same when I knew her in late 1989 early 1990s. Hope shes doing well, few people ive met in my life made me wonder how they are doing 20 years later.

kevin said...

I saw her in an episode of The White Shadow.She plays a sexy sports agent trying to seduce cooledge..check it out on dvd

Annazette Chase said...

Annazette is doing very well.. She is a beautiful person and i say this as she is my relative. She has not done any acting recently, I hope she does a comeback. That would be awesome. I hope you all have a great day!

I am also named after her.

Annazette F. Chase

Jessica said...

I just saw her today in The Rockford Files with Isaac Hayes, and found her by way of IMDB. I thought she was beautiful and did great acting. I also hope she makes a comeback! By the way, her name is quite unique.

Anonymous said...

Just saw Annazette in Get Smart (Leadside.) They didn't give her much to say but her very presence was amazing!