Carole Ita White

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Carole Ita White
Laverne and Shirley cast 1976.JPG
Cast photo of Laverne and Shirley (1976). Standing, L-R: Carole Ita White, Phil Foster, Eddie Mekka, Betty Garrett. Middle row, standing: Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams. Seated: Michael McKean, David Lander
Born (1949-08-24) August 24, 1949 (age 70)
Other namesCarol Ita White
Carole White
Carol White
Years active1973–present
Parent(s)Jesse White
Celia Cohn

Carole Ita White (born August 24, 1949) is an American television and film actress.

Early life[edit]

Carole Ita White was born in New York City, to actors Jesse White and Celia ("Simmy") Cohn. Her father was a character actor, appearing in dozens of films and TV programs for more than 50 years. She has a sister, Janet Jonas.


Carole Ita White started appearing in episodic TV and small film roles in the early 1970s. Her first TV job was a made-for-TV movie, a western comedy called Evil Roy Slade, starring John Astin, Mickey Rooney, and Milton Berle. The movie was written by producer and director Garry Marshall. Marshall cast her in a role on his series The Odd Couple.

She played "Big Rosie Greenbaum" on Laverne & Shirley. White landed the recurring role after an appearance as "Raunchy Girl 1" in the first season episode "Dating Slump". Big Rosie was first seen as a nemesis to the title characters during the second season in the episode "Bachelor Mothers". She continued to make appearances as Big Rosie during the second and third seasons of the show. Carole Ita White did not appear again until the seventh season, in an episode where Laverne and Shirley attend a high school reunion ("Class of '56").[1]

White made guest starring appearances on such programs as Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, The Love Boat, Beverly Hills, 90210, The Wayans Bros. and Profiler. She appeared on several game shows, including The $20,000 Pyramid. She has continued to appear in small roles in films over the years, including Falling Down, The Witches of Eastwick, Grand Canyon, and The Fabulous Baker Boys. She appeared in the 2006 independent film, Wannabe.

On January 19, 2010, Carole came out as a bisexual during an interview on Sirius Radio's Frank Decaro Show on OutQ Gay Radio.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Iannucci, Lisa (2014-12-08). "Where Are They Now: Carole Ita White, aka Big Rosie on 'Laverne & Shirley'". Reel Life With Jane. Retrieved 2017-02-25.

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