Julie White (born June 4, 1961) is an American actress. She is known for her role in Grace Under Fire and for her role as Judy Witwicky in The Transformers series.

Personal life

White was born in the Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, California, the daughter of Sue Jane, 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. After graduating from high school, she followed their advice, enrolling as a history major at Fordham University.


White has been a prolific stage actress, getting her start in regional theatre. Her theater credits include roles in Absurd Person Singular, Money and Friends, Marvin's Room, Largo Desolato and On the Verge. White made her off-Broadway debut as the lead in Lucky Stiff. Her other off-Broadway credits include The Stick Wife, Early One Evening, Just Say No, Over Texas, and a starring role in Spike Heels with Kevin Bacon and Tony Goldwyn. White also appeared in a one-woman show, Theresa Rebeck's Bad Dates, written especially for her.

On Broadway, White appeared in a production of Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Heidi Chronicles. In 2006, she received rave reviews for The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane. She played the role of Diane, a screen agent, who, as one critic put it, is "a Mephistopheles in Manolos".[2] The show, originally produced off-Broadway, transferred to Broadway 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, over fellow nominees Angela Lansbury, Vanessa Redgrave, Swoosie Kurtz and Eve Best.

White's most high profile television role to date was as 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.[3]

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. According to White, the character may at some point be brought back onto the show.[4] She played Judy Witwicky, mother of Sam Witwicky, in Transformers. White appeared in the ABC sitcom Cavemen in 2007.

In 2008, White received a Drama Desk Award nomination for her role in the play From Up Here. 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, and reprised her role as Judy Witwicky in the Transformers sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and is confirmed to return in Transformers 3, too.

White has served several times as a guest judge on Iron Chef America.


Year Film Role Notes
1991 - 1992 Law & OrderSandy2 episodes
1995The Heidi Chronicles Fran
1993 - 1997Grace Under Fire Nadine Swoboda 97 episodes
1998Arli$$ N/A1 episode
1999Touched by an AngelMolly Avery 1 episode
2000What Women WantN/AUnconfirmed
Strong Medicine Caitlin Crawford 1 episode
JAGDet. Wanda Schilling 1 episode
2001Thieves Barb Lieser 1 episode
Say It Isn't SoRuthie Falwell
Nathan's Choice Marcia
Six Feet UnderMitzi Dalton Huntley 4 episodes
2002Slap Her... She's French Bootsie Grady
2003 WhoopiPress Secretary 1 episode
Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDr. Anne Morella 5 episodes, 2003 - 2007
2004Rescue Me Dr. Goldberg 1 episode
Sunday on the RocksElly
2005War of the WorldsWoman
2006The Astronaut FarmerBeth Goode
Desperate HousewivesAmanda 2 episodes
2007Michael ClaytonMrs. Greer
The Nanny Diaries Jane Gould
TransformersJudy Witwicky
Cavemen Leslie 7 episodes
2009Transformers: Revenge of the FallenJudy Witwicky
Breaking Upwards Joanie
Monsters vs Aliens Wendy Murphy Voice
Taking ChanceColonel Karen Bell
2010Transformers 3 Judy Witwicky Filming
Funny in FarsiCandace Smiley 1 episode
Language of a Broken HeartMimiPost-production
2011Transformers: The Dark of the Moon Judy Witwicky Filming


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