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Although her entire prior TV experience had consisted of playing one scene as a waitress/witness on an episode of NBC's "Law & Order," Julie White won the role of Nadine Swoboda, sidekick to Brett Butler's Grace Kelly, on the ABC sitcom "Grace Under Fire" (from 1993 to 1997).
Born in San Diego, CA and raised on a ranch in Austin, TX, White began performing semi-professionally as a teenager. After completing high school, she attended Fordham University while pursuing a stage career. She appeared in various regional productions and made her off-Broadway debut in the musical "Lucky Stiff." She won praise for her handling of several roles, most notably Fran, the loud-mouthed, lesbian leader of a women's group, in "The Heidi Chronicles," Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. When the 1995 TNT TV-movie was filmed, White reprised her role. White also starred with Tony Goldwyn and Kevin Bacon in the romantic comedy "Spike Heels" Off-Broadway in 1992.
Cast (Feature Film)
Made off-Broadway debut as the lead in "Lucky Stiff"
Appeared in Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "The Heidi Chronicles"
Made TV debut as a waitress on episode of NBC's "Law & Order"
Played Nadine, the quirky neighbor on ABC's "Grace Under Fire"
Reprised "Heidi Chronicles" role for TNT film version
Appeared in off-Broadway play "Dinner With Friends"
Returned to TV for the short-lived Fox comedy "Nathan's Choice"
Guest starred on several episodes of HBO drama "Six Feet Under"
Landed featured role in comedy feature "Slap Her, She's French!"
Played recurring role of Dr. Anne Morella on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)
Earned rave reviews as Diane, a screen agent in Broadway play "The Little Dog Laughed"
Appeared on Season Two finale of ABC's "Desperate Housewives"
Played Judy Witwicky, mother of the main human character Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) in Michael Bay's "Transformers"
Reprised role as Judy Witwicky in "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"
Voiced the character of Susan's mother in computer-animated film "Monsters vs. Aliens"
Once again reprised role of Judy Witwicky for "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"
Cast in romantic comedy "Hello I Must Be Going," starring Melanie Lynskey and Blythe Danner