Monday, May 20, 2013

Christine White Passes On

Christine White, an actress who made frequent guest appearances on American television in the Fifties, died 14 April 2013 at the age of 86. She may be best known for playing the wife of Robert Wilson (played by William Shatner), the frantic passenger who believes he has seen a gremlin on the wing of a plane in the classic Twilight Zone episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet."

Christine White was born on 4 May 1926 in Washington, D.C. She studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated with a degree in English in 1947. After graduation she moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting. She made her television debut in an episode of The Web in 1952. During the Fifties she made guest appearances on such shows as Hallmark Hall of Fame,  Father Knows Best,  M SquadAlfred Hitchcock PresentsSuspicion, Man Without a Gun, State TrooperHave Gun - Will Travel, Alcoa Theatre, The Ann Sothern Show, The David Niven ShowPerry MasonThe UntouchablesThe Rifleman, Bonanza, and Thriller. She made her film debut in Vice Squad (1953) and appeared in the films Man Crazy (1953), Panama Sal (1957), and Macabre (1958).

In the Sixties she was a regular on the short lived sitcom Ichabod and Me. She guest starred on the shows Bachelor Father, The Roaring 20's, Outlaws, The Twilight Zone, and The Fugitive. She retired from acting in the mid-Sixties, but appeared in the film Magnum Force (1973) and the television film James Dean in the Seventies.

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