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Christine White Dies: Famous for 'Twilight Zone' Role With William Shatner

Monday, 20 May 2013 09:09 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Christine White, the actress remembered by most for her role in the "The Twilight Zone" TV series, died Sunday, April 14, at Brinton Woods Nursing Home in Washington, D.C. She was 86.

The cause of death was not reported.

White appeared in more than 50 Hollywood movies and television shows during her 25 years in acting.

Of all her roles, White is arguably most well-known for starring alongside William Shatner in the iconic "Twilight Zone" episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet."

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In the episode, White plays the part of the reassuring wife, whose husband was recently released from a sanitarium after suffering a mental breakdown on an airplane six months earlier.

In the middle of a stormy flight, the husband, played by Shatner, believes he sees a gremlin on the plane's wing attempting to tamper with an engine.

In addition to the sci-fi classic, White has also appeared in various other TV series' over the years including: "Father Knows Best," "Perry Mason," "The Untouchables," "Magnum Force," "Vice Squad," "Man Crazy," "Ichabod and Me," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "The Fugitive," "The Rifleman," "Have Gun–Will Travel" and "Bonanza".

Aside from her acting career, White graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1947 with a major in English. She went on to pursue a Master's degree in speech and drama at Catholic University, in Washington, D.C. before moving to New York City in the 1950s to pursue acting.

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During her acting career, White became acquainted with several celebrities including James Dean, Loretta Young and June Havoc, the Carroll County Times reported.

In her later years, White stepped away from acting to return to D.C. to care for her ailing mother.

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