Thea White

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Thea White
Born Thea Ruth Zitzner
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Voice actress, librarian
Years active 1999–2002, 2006, 2014 (actress), 1999-present (librarian)
Spouse(s) Andy White (m. 1983; d. 2015)

Thea Ruth White (née Zitzner; born 1940)[1][2] is an American voice actress best known for her voice over work as Muriel Bagge on Courage the Cowardly Dog.


White was born in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of Arthur Zitzner and Eleanor (née Hazard).[1] White's mother and maternal grandmother Eva were both actresses: Eleanor began acting as a child, and continued to do so as an adult, while Eva made her acting debut as a teenager and retired following marriage, later opening a movie theater with her husband.[1] White moved to North Caldwell with her parents at the age of 12.[1] She graduated high school at Grover Cleveland, and studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and the American Theater Wing.[1] While acting on stage, Broadway and theater, she served as the personal assistant for Marlene Dietrich, during Dietrich's later career.[1]

After marrying her husband, White retired from acting and became a librarian and outreach specialist at the Livingston Public Library in Livingston, New Jersey.[1] She returned to acting when she was offered the role of Muriel Bagge on Courage the Cowardly Dog.[1] She voiced Muriel during the entire series run, and reprised her role in the 2006 video game Cartoon Network Racing and the 2014 short The Fog of Courage. White continues to act on the stage.


Personal life[edit]

She currently resides in Caldwell. She met her husband, Andy White, while acting in the play Goodbye Charlie; they later married in 1983 and remained so until his death in 2015.[1] Andy was best known as the man who played drums on The Beatles' first single "Love Me Do". She is a librarian at the Livingston Public Library, NJ since February 2005.


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