Alice White

Alice White Biography

Alice White (August 24, 1904, Paterson, New Jersey " February 19, 1983, Los Angeles, California) was an American film actress.

Early life and career

She was born Alva White of French and Italian parents. Her mother, a former chorus girl died when Alice was only three years old. She attended Roanoke College in Virginia and then took a secretarial course at Hollywood High School also attended by future actors Joel McCrea and Mary Brian. After leaving school she became a secretary and "script girl" for director Josef Von Sternberg. After clashing with Von Sternberg, White left his employment 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. After playing a succession of flappers and gold diggers, she attracted the attention of the director and producer Mervyn LeRoy who saw potential in her. Her first sound films included Show Girl (1928) made in the Vitaphone sound-on-disc system, and Show Girl in Hollywood (1930) in the Western Electric sound-on-film process, 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.

Later career

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).

White died of complications from a stroke, aged 78, on February 19, 1983.


White has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to Motion Pictures, at 1501 Vine Street.



  • The Sea Tiger (1927)
  • The Satin Woman (1927)
  • American Beauty (1927)
  • Breakfast at Sunrise (1927)
  • The Private Life of Helen of Troy (1927)
  • The Dove (1927)
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1928)
  • Mad Hour (1928)
  • The Big Noise (1928)
  • Harold Teen (1928)
  • Three-Ring Marriage (1928)
  • Show Girl (1928)
  • Naughty Baby (1928)
  • Hot Stuff (1929)
  • Broadway Babies (1929)
  • The Girl from Woolworth's (1929)
  • The Show of Shows (1929)
  • Playing Around (1930)
  • Show Girl in Hollywood (1930)
  • Sweet Mama (1930)
  • Sweethearts on Parade (1930)
  • The Widow from Chicago (1930)
  • The Naughty Flirt (1931)
  • Murder at Midnight (1931)
  • Employees' Entrance (1933)
  • Luxury Liner (1933)
  • Picture Snatcher (1933)
  • King for a Night (1933)
  • Cross Country Cruise (1934)
  • Jimmy the Gent (1934)
  • A Very Honorable Guy (1934)
  • Gift of Gab (1934)
  • Secret of the Chateau (1934)
  • Sweet Music (1935)
  • Coronado (1935)
  • Big City (1937)
  • Telephone Operator (1937)
  • King of the Newsboys (1938)
  • Annabel Takes a Tour (1938)
  • The Night of January 16th (1941)
  • Girls' Town (1942)
  • Flamingo Road (1949)
Short Subjects:

  • Hollywood on Parade No. A-12 (1933)
  • Hollywood on Parade No. B-6 (1934)
  • The Hollywood Gad-About (1934)
  • A Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio (1935)
  • Broadway Highlights No. 2 (1935)

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