Julie White

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Julie White
Julie White Transformers.jpg
White in 2011
Born (1961-06-04) June 4, 1961 (age 53)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1991–present

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.

Personal life[edit]

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.[1] 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".[2] 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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.


Year Title Role Notes
1991–1992 Law & Order Sandy 2 episodes
1995 The Heidi Chronicles Fran
1997 Flypaper Cindy
1993–1997 Grace Under Fire Nadine Swoboda 97 episodes
1998 Arli$$ N/A 1 episode
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 Nathan's Choice Marcia
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
2007 Transformers Judy Witwicky
2007 Cavemen Leslie 7 episodes
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Judy Witwicky
2009 Breaking Upwards Joanie
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
2010 Morning Mary
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
2014 Nurse Jackie Antoinette
2014 Life Partners


  1. ^ Julie White biography, FilmReference.com.
  2. ^ Brantley, Ben. "The Stage Is Bigger, But It Still Can’t Hold All Her Ambition", The New York Times, 14 November 2006.
  3. ^ Grace Under Fire – A Television Heaven Review
  4. ^ Julie White, Q&A Interview: Broadway.com Buzz
  5. ^ Goodman, Tim (14 November 2013). "Alpha House: TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 

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