Alice White

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Alice White
Alice White Stars of the Photoplay.jpg
Publicity photo of White from Stars of the Photoplay (1930)
Born Alva White
(1904-08-24)August 24, 1904
Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
Died February 19, 1983(1983-02-19) (aged 78)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1927–1949
Spouse(s) William Hinshaw
Sy Bartlett (1933–1937)
Jack Roberts (1941–1949)

Alice White (August 24, 1904, Paterson, New Jersey – February 19, 1983, Los Angeles, California) was an American film actress.

Early life and career[edit]

She was born Alva White of French and Italian parents. Her mother, a former chorus girl, died when Alice was only three years old. She attended Roanoke College in Virginia and then took a secretarial course at Hollywood High School, also attended by future actors Joel McCrea and Mary Brian. After leaving school, she became a secretary and "script girl" for director Josef Von Sternberg. After clashing with Von Sternberg, White left to work for Charlie Chaplin, who decided before long to place her in front of the camera.

Publicity photo, 1934

Her bubbly and vivacious persona led to comparisons with Clara Bow, but White's career was slow to progress. After playing a succession of flappers and gold diggers, she attracted the attention of director and producer Mervyn LeRoy, who saw potential in her. Her early films included Show Girl (1928), which had Vitaphone musical accompaniment but no dialog, and its "talkie" musical sequel Show Girl in Hollywood (1930), both released by Warner Brothers and both based on novels by J. P. McEvoy. In these two films, White appeared as "Dixie Dugan". In October 1929, McAvoy started the comic strip Dixie Dugan with the character Dixie having a "helmet" hairstyle and appearance similar to actress Louise Brooks. White also used the services of Hollywood 'beauty sculptor' Sylvia of Hollywood to stay in shape.[1]

Later career[edit]

She left films in 1931 to improve her acting abilities, returning in 1933 only to have her career hurt by a scandal that erupted over her involvement with boyfriend actor Jack Warburton and future husband Sy Bartlett. Although she later married Bartlett, her reputation was tarnished and she appeared only in supporting roles after this. By 1937 and 1938, her name was at the bottom of the cast lists. She made her final film appearance in Flamingo Road (1949).

White died of complications from a stroke, aged 78, on February 19, 1983.


White has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to motion pictures at 1501 Vine Street.



Short subjects:

  • Hollywood on Parade No. A-12 (1933)
  • Hollywood on Parade No. B-6 (1934)
  • The Hollywood Gad-About (1934)
  • A Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio (1935)
  • Broadway Highlights No. 2 (1935)


  1. ^ Hollywood Undressed: Observations of Sylvia As Noted by Her Secretary (1931) Brentano’s.

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