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White in 2011
June 4, 1961 |
San Diego, California, U.S.
Julie White (born June 4, 1961) is an American actress of film, stage and television. She is a Tony Award winner but is best known for her role as Nadine Swoboda in Grace Under Fire and for her role as Judy Witwicky in the Transformers film series.
White was born in the Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, California, the daughter of Sue Jane (née Terry), a therapist, and Edwin White, a dentist. White and her family moved to Austin, Texas, to take up ranching when she was three years old. She started acting in local plays and became a semi-professional at 16. While she was playing the lead role in the musical, The Baker's Wife, the show's authors encouraged her to take her talent to New York City. After graduating from high school, she followed their advice, enrolling as a history major at Fordham University.
White has been a prolific stage actress, getting her start in regional theatre. Her theater credits include roles in Absurd Person Singular, Money and Friends, Marvin's Room, Largo Desolato and On the Verge. White made her off-Broadway debut as the lead in Lucky Stiff. Her other off-Broadway credits include The Stick Wife, Early One Evening, Just Say No, Over Texas, and a starring role in Spike Heels with Kevin Bacon and Tony Goldwyn. White also appeared in a one-woman show, Theresa Rebeck's Bad Dates, written especially for her.
On Broadway, White appeared in a production of Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Heidi Chronicles. In 2006, she appeared in The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane, playing Diane, a screen agent, who, as one critic put it, is "a Mephistopheles in Manolos". The show, originally produced off-Broadway, transferred to Broadway with a new cast, including former Grace Under Fire costar Tom Everett Scott. She won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her performance, over fellow nominees Angela Lansbury, Vanessa Redgrave, Swoosie Kurtz and Eve Best.
White played Nadine, the quirky neighbor on Grace Under Fire. White joined the show when it launched in 1993 and appeared in the first four seasons. However, she did not appear in the show's final season. Her departure was attributed to conflict with the show's troubled star, Brett Butler.
White has subsequently made several guest appearances on HBO's Six Feet Under as Mitzi Dalton-Huntley and on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Dr. Anne Morella. White also appeared on Desperate Housewives as Amanda in the Season Two finale but chose to turn down a recurring role when she was offered the role in The Little Dog Laughed. She plays Judy Witwicky, mother of the main human character Sam Witwicky, in Transformers and its sequels, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. White appeared in the ABC sitcom Cavemen in 2007.
In 2008, White received a Drama Desk Award nomination for her role in the play From Up Here. In 2009, she appeared in the HBO original movie Taking Chance starring Kevin Bacon. She also lent her voice to the 2009 computer-animated film Monsters vs. Aliens.
White has served several times as a guest judge on the reality TV series Iron Chef America.
In 2013, White was a series regular on Amazon's Alpha House, a political comedy series written by Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau. White plays Maddie Biggs, the wife of North Carolina Senator Gil John Biggs, played by John Goodman. White will also appear in the show's second season, which is filming over the summer of 2014.
In 2014 she joined the cast of Nurse Jackie for its sixth season.
|1991–1992||Law & Order||Sandy||2 episodes|
|1995||The Heidi Chronicles||Fran|
|1993–1997||Grace Under Fire||Nadine Swoboda||97 episodes|
|1999||Touched by an Angel||Molly Avery||1 episode|
|2000||What Women Want||N/A||Unconfirmed|
|2000||Strong Medicine||Caitlin Crawford||1 episode|
|2000||JAG||Det. Wanda Schilling||1 episode|
|2001||Thieves||Barb Lieser||1 episode|
|2001||Say It Isn't So||Ruthie Falwell|
|2001||Six Feet Under||Mitzi Dalton Huntley||4 episodes|
|2002||Slap Her... She's French||Bootsie Grady|
|2003||Whoopi||Press Secretary||1 episode|
|2003||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Dr. Anne Morella||5 episodes, 2003–2007|
|2004||Rescue Me||Dr. Goldberg||1 episode|
|2004||Sunday on the Rocks||Elly|
|2005||War of the Worlds||Woman|
|2006||The Astronaut Farmer||Beth Goode|
|2006||Desperate Housewives||Amanda||2 episodes|
|2007||Michael Clayton||Mrs. Greer|
|2007||The Nanny Diaries||Jane Gould|
|2009||Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen||Judy Witwicky|
|2009||Monsters vs. Aliens||Wendy Murphy||Voice|
|2009||Taking Chance||Colonel Karen Bell|
|2010||Funny in Farsi||Candace Smiley||1 episode|
|2010||Language of a Broken Heart||Mimi|
|2011||Our Idiot Brother||Steam Hut Leader|
|2011||Transformers: Dark of the Moon||Judy Witwicky|
|2012–2013||Go On||Anne||22 episodes|
|2012||Lincoln||Elizabeth Blair Lee|
|2013||Alpha House||Maddie Biggs|
- Julie White biography, FilmReference.com.
- Brantley, Ben. "The Stage Is Bigger, But It Still Can’t Hold All Her Ambition", The New York Times, 14 November 2006.
- Grace Under Fire – A Television Heaven Review
- Julie White, Q&A Interview: Broadway.com Buzz
- Goodman, Tim (14 November 2013). "Alpha House: TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
- Julie White at the Internet Broadway Database
- Julie White at the Internet Movie Database
- Julie White at AllMovie
- Leading Ladies, Working in the Theatre video from American Theatre Wing, December 2006
- BroadwayWorld Article: "Julie White to Star in 'From Up Here' at MTC"