Chili Bouchier

Chili Bouchier

British film actress
Date of Birth: 12.09.1909
Country: Great Britain

Biography of Chile Bushay

Chile Bushay, born as Dorothy Irene Boucher, on September 12, 1909, in London, England, was a British film actress who achieved success during the silent film era. She grew up in a close-knit family and at the age of 15, she started working as a model for the brand 'Harrods'. However, she was fired after seducing a manager of the department store. In response, Bushay answered an advertisement in the newspaper offering assistance to those who wished to become actors. She also worked briefly as a machinist.

Chili Bouchier

In 1927, Bushay broke into the film industry by appearing in the movie 'Shooting Stars'. In 1929, she married actor Harry Milton, but their relationship ended in divorce in 1937. After starring in several films, Bushay became the first sex symbol in Britain. The press referred to her as various names, including the 'English Clara Bow'. It was after her role as a vamp in the film 'Carnival' in 1931 that she solidified her status as a movie star.

Chili Bouchier

Bushay's filmography expanded with the movies 'The Blue Danube' in 1932 and 'Gypsy', where she played the role of an exotic dancer. She gained further fame when she reportedly turned down a marriage proposal, along with a million-dollar 'bonus', from billionaire recluse Howard Hughes. One of the last surviving films from the silent film era featuring Bushay was released in 1960.

Aside from her film career, Bushay also successfully balanced her work in theatrical productions starting from the 1950s. She primarily appeared in dramas, comedies, and revues, maintaining her productivity until the 1980s. In 1996, she published her autobiography titled 'Shooting Star'.

Chile Bushay passed away on September 9, 1999, just a few days after her 90th birthday. Her body was discovered by the police in her ground-floor apartment in central London.

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