Actress Jane White died on July 24 at age 88. She was mostly known for her body of theater work but also appeared on daytime soap operas A WORLD APART, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW and THE EDGE OF NIGHT.
She played Lydia Holliday on THE EDGE OF NIGHT in the late 1960s. On A WORLD APART she played Olivia Hampton in 1971. In 1979 she appeared as Tante Helene LeVeaux on SEARCH FOR TOMORROW.
White had a long, distinguished career in the theater. She created role of The Queen opposite Carol Burnett in "Once Upon a Mattress". She was the first actress of color to play Helen of Troy in "The Trojan Women" and the first to appear at Joseph Papp's NY Shakespeare Festival ("Kate," "The Taming of the Shrew"). At the Metropolitan Opera she appeared in “Andromache.” She also performed at Carnegie and Town Hall concerts under aegis of Bobby Short, along with cabaret appearances at Feinstein's. She won an OBIE for “Volumnia” in Coriolanus, a LA Critics Award The Mother in "Blood Wedding, and a Take Wing and Soar Award 2006.
Primetime television fans may remember her as Josephine Gregory from AMEN.
For more on White, read "Jane White's Papers" here.