October 11, 1956 Debra Martin Chase, lawyer and movie producer, was born in Great Lakes, Illinois, but raised in Pasadena, California. Chase earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College in 1977 and her Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree from Harvard Law School in 1981. Chase practiced law during the 1980s before joining the legal department at Columbia Studios. She ran Denzel Washington’s Mundy Lane Entertainment from 1992 to 1995 and Whitney Houston’s Brown House Productions from 1995 to 2000 before starting her own company, Martin Chase Productions. Chase has produced a number of films, including “The Pelican Brief” (1993), “The Princess Diaries” (2001), “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” (2005), and “Just Wright” (2010).