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Julie White (born June 4, 1961) is an American actress. She portrays Io Preecher in American Horror Story: Delicate.

Biography[]

White was born in San Diego, California at the Balboa Naval Hospital to Sue Jane (née Terry), a therapist, and Edwin White, a dentist. Her family relocated to Austin, Texas for ranching when she was three years old. White began acting in local productions and turned semi-professional at the age of 16. While portraying the lead in The Baker's Wife musical, the show's creators encouraged her to pursue her talent in New York City. Upon completing high school, she enrolled at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) before transferring to Fordham University as an English major, although she did not finish her degree. In 1984, White married Carl Pandel, but they divorced in 1990.

White has had a successful career as a stage actress, starting in regional theater. She has performed in various regional theater productions, such as "On the Verge" at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, Massachusetts from 1985 to 1986, "Largo desolato" at the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut from 1990 to 1991, "Marvin's Room" at Seattle Repertory Theatre in January 1992, "Absurd Person Singular" at the Long Wharf Theatre in 1993, and "Money and Friends" by David Williamson at the UCLA James A. Doolittle Theatre in Hollywood, California from January to March 1993. White made her Off-Broadway debut in "Lucky Stiff" in 1988 at Playwrights Horizons. She also appeared in "Just Say No" (1988) and in the Off-Broadway production of "Early One Evening At the Rainbow Bar and Grille" (1989) by Bruce Graham at the WPA Theatre. In 1991, she appeared in "The Stick Wife" by Darrah Cloud produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club at Stage II. In 1991, White appeared in Michael John LaChiusa's "Over Texas" as part of the Ensemble Studio Theater's Marathon. She also performed in the Off-Broadway production of Theresa Rebeck's play "Spike Heels" at Second Stage in 1992, alongside Kevin Bacon and Tony Goldwyn. Critics praised White's unique style and wit, particularly in high comedy. White had the opportunity to showcase her talent in a one-woman show called "Bad Dates," written by Theresa Rebeck specifically for her. The play premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in June 2003. On Broadway, White joined the cast of Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "The Heidi Chronicles," as a replacement.

She also appeared in the television movie adaptation of "The Heidi Chronicles" in 1995. In 2006, White took on the role of Diane, a screen agent, in the Off-Broadway production of "The Little Dog Laughed" by Douglas Carter Beane. One critic described her character as "a Mephistopheles in Manolos."

In 2006, she starred in The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane Off-Broadway, portraying Diane, a screen agent described by one critic as "a Mephistopheles in Manolos". The production moved to Broadway in October 2006 with a new cast, which included former Grace Under Fire co-star Tom Everett Scott. She was honored with the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her outstanding performance. White portrayed Nadine, the eccentric neighbor on Grace Under Fire. She joined the series at its inception in 1993 and featured in the initial four seasons. However, she was absent from the final season due to reported conflicts with the show's lead, Brett Butler. Subsequently, White made 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. She also had a role in Desperate Housewives as Amanda in the Season Two finale but opted out of a recurring part to star in The Little Dog Laughed. Additionally, she played Judy Witwicky in the Transformers film series and appeared in the ABC sitcom Cavemen in 2007. In 2008, White earned a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Play for her performance in From Up Here. The following year, she featured in the HBO original movie Taking Chance alongside Kevin Bacon and lent her voice to the 2009 animated film Monsters vs. Aliens. White has made multiple appearances as a guest judge on the reality TV show Iron Chef America. She took on the role of Masha in Christopher Durang's play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike on Broadway in 2013, succeeding Sigourney Weaver, at the Golden Theatre from July 28 to August 25.

In 2013, White had a regular role in the political comedy series Alpha House on Amazon. The series, written by Garry Trudeau, the creator of Doonesbury, featured White as Maddie Biggs, the wife of North Carolina Senator Gil John Biggs, portrayed by John Goodman. White's involvement in the show continued into its second season, which was filmed during the summer of 2014. The following year, in 2014, she joined the cast of the Showtime television drama Nurse Jackie for its sixth season. White also made an appearance on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre from April 2015 to June 2015. She performed in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of the play Airline Highway, written by Lisa D'Amour. Her performance earned her nominations for the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play and the 2015 Tony Award for Featured Actress in a Play. Later in 2015, she starred alongside Matthew Broderick and Annaleigh Ashford in Sylvia at the Cort Theatre, playing the character Kate. In July 2017, White took on the role of Nora in A Doll's House, Part 2 at the John Golden Theatre on Broadway, succeeding Laurie Metcalf. In 2018, White secured a recurring role in the third season of Netflix's Designated Survivor as Lorraine Zimmer. The following year, in 2019, White became part of the cast of Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus at the Booth Theatre on Broadway. Due to an unexpected injury, Andrea Martin, the original star, was unable to continue the show. Kristine Nielsen took over Martin's role, and White took over Nielsen's role with only a few extra days for rehearsal. Both women received Tony Award nominations for Featured Actress in a Play for their performances.

In 2022, White was chosen for the role of Helen Smallwood in the CBS sitcom How We Roll.

Work on American Horror Story[]

White portrayed Ms. Io Preecher in the show's twelfth season, subtitled American Horror Story: Delicate in a main role. She was, alongside Emma Roberts and Kim Kardashian, one of the first cast members revealed as starring actors in the season.

Appearances[]

Episode appearances for Julie White
Story or Series Character Episodes
Delicate Io Preecher

Gallery[]

References[]

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