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Alice White

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Alice White (born Alva White, August 25, 1904 – February 19, 1983) was an American film actress. Her career spanned late silent films and early sound films. After leaving school, White became a secretary and "script girl" for director Josef Von Sternberg. She also worked as a switchboard operator at the Hollywood Writers' Club. After clashing with Von Sternberg, White left to work for Charlie Chaplin, who decided before long to place her in front of the camera. Her bubbly and vivacious persona led to comparisons with Clara Bow, but White's career was slow to progress. In his book, Silent Films, 1877-1996: A Critical Guide to 646 Movies, Robert K. Klepper wrote: "Some critics have said that Ms. White was a second-string Clara Bow. In actuality, Ms. White had her own type of charm, and was a delightful actress in her own, unique way. Whereas Clara Bow played the quintessential, flaming redheaded flapper, Alice White was more of a bubbly, vivacious blonde." 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 screen debut was in The Sea Tiger (1927). 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. White was featured in The Girl from Woolworth's (1929), having the role of a singing clerk in the music department of a Woolworth's store. Karen Plunkett-Powell wrote in her book, Remembering Woolworth's: A Nostalgic History of the World's Most Famous Five-and-Dime: "First National Pictures produced this 60-minute musical as a showcase for up-and-coming actress Alice White." 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) and eventually resumed working as a secretary.


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Born:
Aug 25, 1904 In Paterson, New Jersey, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
43
First Appeared:
In the movie The Sea Tiger 1927-02-27
Latest Project:
Movie Flamingo Road 1949-04-30
Known For
Poster of Show of Shows
Poster of Broadway Babies
Poster of 3-Ring Marriage
Poster of Breakfast at Sunrise
Filmography
Movie Flamingo Road Gracie 1949-04-30
Movie Girls' Town Nicky 1942-03-06
Movie The Night of January 16th Flashy Blonde 1941-11-28
Movie King of the Newsboys Dolly 1938-03-18
Movie Annabel Takes a Tour Marcella, Hotel Manicurist 1938-11-10
Movie Big City Peggy Devlin 1937-09-03
Movie Telephone Operator Dotty Stengal 1937-12-07
Movie Sweet Music Lulu Betts 1935-02-23
Movie A Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio Herself (uncredited) 1935-02-02
Movie Coronado Violet Wray Hornbostel 1935-11-27
Movie Jimmy the Gent Mabel 1934-03-09
Movie Cross Country Cruise May 1934-01-16
Movie A Very Honorable Guy Hortense 1934-04-18
Movie The Hollywood Gad-About Herself (uncredited) 1934-10-04
Movie Gift of Gab Margot 1934-09-01
Movie Secret of the Chateau Didi Bonfee 1934-12-03
Movie Luxury Liner Milli Lynch 1933-02-03
Movie Employees' Entrance Polly 1933-02-11
Movie King for a Night Evelyn 1933-12-09
Movie Picture Snatcher Allison 1933-05-06
Movie Murder at Midnight Millie Scripps 1931-09-01
Movie Show Girl in Hollywood Dixie Dugan 1930-04-20
Movie Playing Around Sheba Miller 1930-01-19
Movie Sweet Mama Goldie 1930-07-06
Movie The Naughty Flirt Miss Katherine Constance 'Kay' Elliott 1930-12-17
Movie Sweethearts on Parade Helen 1930-09-28
Movie The Widow from Chicago Polly Henderson, aka Polly Dorgan 1930-11-23
Movie Hot Stuff Barbara Allen 1929-05-04
Movie Broadway Babies Dee Foster 1929-06-28
Movie Show of Shows Performer in 'If I Could Learn to Love' Number (uncredited) 1929-11-21
Movie The Girl from Woolworth's Pat King 1929-10-27
Movie Mad Hour Aimee 1928-03-04
Movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Dorothy Shaw 1928-01-22
Movie The Big Noise Sophie Sloval 1928-03-25
Movie 3-Ring Marriage Trapeze Performer 1928-06-10
Movie Harold Teen Giggles Dewberry 1928-04-28
Movie Naughty Baby Rosalind McGill 1928-12-16
Movie Fashion News Self (1929) 1928-11-06
Movie The Sea Tiger Manuella 1927-02-27
Movie The Satin Woman Unknown 1927-07-24
Movie The Private Life of Helen of Troy Adraste 1927-12-09
Movie Breakfast at Sunrise Loulou 1927-10-23
Movie American Beauty Claire O'Riley 1927-10-09