Julie White

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Julie White
Julie White Transformers.jpg
White in 2011
Born (1961-06-04) June 4, 1961 (age 54)
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 for the play The Little Dog Laughed. She may be best known for her role as Nadine Swoboda in the television series 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.[2]

After graduating from high school, she attended Southwest Texas State University(now known as Texas State University) and then attended Fordham University as an English major, although she did not graduate.[2][3] White married Carl Pandel in 1984; they divorced in 1990.[4]


White has been a prolific stage actress, getting her start in regional theatre. Some of her regional theater credits include On the Verge at the Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, Massachusetts, 1985–1986,[5] Largo desolato at the Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut, 1990-1991,[5] Marvin's Room at Seattle Repertory Theatre in January 1992,[6] Absurd Person Singular in 1993 at the Long Wharf Theatre,[7] Money and Friends by David Williamson at the UCLA James A. Doolittle Theatre, Hollywood, California, presented by the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson in January to March 1993,[8]

White made her Off-Broadway debut in Lucky Stiff in 1988 at Playwrights Horizons.[9][10] She appeared in Just Say No (1988) and in the Off-Broadway WPA Theatre production of Early One Evening At the Rainbow Bar and Grille (1989) by Bruce Graham.[11] She appeared in The Stick Wife by Darrah Cloud produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club at Stage II in 1991.[12]

She appeared in Michael John LaChiusa's Over Texas, presented as part of the Ensemble Studio Theater's Marathon 1991 in 1991.[13]

She appeared at the Off-Broadway Second Stage production of the Theresa Rebeck play Spike Heels with Kevin Bacon and Tony Goldwyn in 1992. Frank Rich wrote: "Julie White makes a far more vivid impression. Rail-thin but with a broad face and features, this actress has an off-center style and piquant wit that make her a natural for high comedy of this or any other period.[14] White appeared in a one-woman show, Theresa Rebeck's Bad Dates, written especially for her. The play premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in June 2003.[15][16]

On Broadway, White appeared in Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Heidi Chronicles, as a replacement.[17] She also appeared in the made for television movie of The Heidi Chronicles, which aired in 1995.[18]

In 2006, she appeared Off-Broadway 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".[19] The show transferred to Broadway in October 2006 (previews) 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.[20]

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.[21]

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.[22] 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 as Outstanding Actress in a Play for her role in the play From Up Here.[23] 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.[24][25]

In 2013, White was a series regular on Amazon's Alpha House, a political comedy series written by Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau.[26] 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 the Showtime television drama Nurse Jackie for its sixth season.[27]

She appeared on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of the Lisa D'Amour play Airline Highway in April 2015 to June 2015.[28] White was nominated for the 2015 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play and the 2015 Tony Award, Featured Actress in a Play.[29] Later in 2015, she played Kate opposite Matthew Broderick and Annaleigh Ashford in Sylvia at the Cort Theatre.[30]


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 Deborah
2015 A Very Murray Christmas Bev


  1. ^ Julie White biography, FilmReference.com.
  2. ^ a b Gates, Anita. "Julie White, Killer Agent, in The Little Dog Laughed" The New York Times, January 20, 2006
  3. ^ "Lincoln Center Alumna Snares Tony Award" fordham.edu, accessed May 29, 2015
  4. ^ Clark, Brooks. "Making a Big Splash" People, March 27, 1995
  5. ^ a b "Julie White Biography (1962?–)" filmreference.com, accessed May 31, 2015
  6. ^ Berson, Misha. "Surprise! Marvin's Room Is Warm", Seattle Times, January 28, 1992
  7. ^ Johnson, Malcolm L. "Hilarious Revival Of Absurd Person Singular Now At Long Wharf" courant.com, May 29, 1993
  8. ^ Drake, Sylvie. "Stage Review : Witty Money & Friends Just Misses the Bull's-Eye" Los Angeles Times, January 15, 1993
  9. ^ Rich, Frank. "Review/Theater; 'Lucky Stiff,' a Musical From a Crime Novel" April 27, 1988
  10. ^ Lucky Stiff playwrightshorizons.org, accessed May 30, 2015
  11. ^ Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar and Grille lortel.org, accessed May 30, 2015
  12. ^ Rich, Frank. "Review/Theater; Lindsay Crouse as the Wife of a Klansman" The New York Times, May 10, 1991
  13. ^ Gussow, Mel. "Review/Theater; Several Slices of Life In Festival of One-Acts" The New York Times, June 9, 1991
  14. ^ Rich, Frank. "Review/Theater; Reversing the Stereotypes in the War of the Sexes" The New York Times, June 5, 1992
  15. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Julie White Goes on Some 'Bad Dates' June 3-29 at Playwrights Horizons; Hickey Directs" playbill.com, June 3, 2003
  16. ^ "A Date With Theresa Rebeck" tcg.org, accessed May 29, 2015
  17. ^ "Julie White Credits" playbillvault.com, accessed May 29, 2015
  18. ^ Leonard, John. "Defining Women" New York Magazine, October 16, 1995
  19. ^ Brantley, Ben. "The Stage Is Bigger, But It Still Can’t Hold All Her Ambition", The New York Times, November 14, 2006.
  20. ^ "The Little Dog Laughed Cast, Productiona and Awards", playbillvault.com, accessed May 29, 2015
  21. ^ Grace Under Fire – A Television Heaven Review
  22. ^ Julie White, Q&A Interview: Broadway.com Buzz
  23. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Drama Desk Nominees Announced; Catered Affair Garners 12 Noms" playbill.com, April 28, 2008
  24. ^ Vincentelli, Elizabeth. "Comic Dynamo Julie White Steps into Broadway Hit 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike' " New York Post, July 29, 2013
  25. ^ "Zakarian vs. Schenker (Episode: IA1011H)" foodnetwork.com, accessed May 29, 2015
  26. ^ Goodman, Tim (14 November 2013). "Alpha House: TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  27. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Tony Winner Julie White Lands Recurring Role in Showtime's 'Nurse Jackie' " playbill.com, October 3, 2013
  28. ^ Lloyd Webber, Imogen. "Airline Highway, Featuring 2015 Tony Nominees Julie White & K. Todd Freeman, Will Close Slightly Early on Broadway" broadway.com, May 12, 2015
  29. ^ Airline Highway playbillvault.com, accessed May 30, 2015
  30. ^ "Matthew Broderick, Annaleigh Ashford, and Julie White's Newest Performance", Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC-FM, November 20, 2015

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