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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 25 August 1904Paterson, New Jersey, USA
Date of Death 19 February 1983Los Angeles, California, USA  (stroke)
Birth NameAlva Violet White
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (2)

This Hollywood High graduate began her career as a secretary and script girl, working for Josef von Sternberg and Charles Chaplin. A sexy and bubbly player, she was repeatedly miscast as a singer-dancer. She toured the vaudeville circuit after her career spluttered, returning to Hollywood only to get involved in a sex scandal in 1933 with her boyfriend, actor Jack Warburton, and future husband Sy Bartlett. She continued working on the stage and screen for the next two decades, but a series of divorces, further sex scandals, and a 1957 accident effectively ended her career.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: <anthony-adam@tamu.edu>

Alice White was born Alva Violet White on August 24, 1904 in Paterson, New Jersey. Her mother, a former chorus girl, died when she was just three years old. She was raised by her Italian grandparents in New Haven, Connecticut. When Alice was a teenager they moved to California where she attended Hollywood high school. She started working as a secretary but lost several jobs for being too "sexy". Eventually Alice was hired by Charlie Chaplin to be a script girl. He encouraged her to try acting and she made her film debut in the 1927 drama The Sea Tiger. The following year she had starring roles in Gentleman Prefer Blondes and Show Girl. Alice had a bubbly onscreen personality and was often compared to Clara Bow. Her short blonde hair and big lips would become her trademark. Audiences fell in love with Alice but critics were rarely impressed with her acting. It was also rumored that her singing voice was being dubbed. Alice had serious romances with aviator Dick Grace and actor Donald Keith. In 1931 she took a break from making movies. The studio claimed that she was unhappy with her salary and had become difficult to work with. Alice became involved in a love triangle with British actor John Warburton and producer Sidney "Sy" Bartlett. She accused Warburton of beating her so badly she needed reconstructive surgery on her nose. Warburton told the press that Alice and Sy hired thugs to disfigure him. Alice married Sy in 1933 and tried to make a comeback. Unfortunately the bad publicity had damaged her reputation and she could only get minor roles. In 1936 she suffered a nervous breakdown and was hospitalized for two months. The following year her marriage to Sy ended. She married screenwriter John Roberts in 1941 but they divorced eight years later. In court she said he "threw things and wasn't very nice". Alice's last film role was in the 1949 drama Flamingo Road. For many years she lived with musician William Hinshaw. She never had any children. With her movie star days behind her Alice went back to work as a secretary. In 1957 she fell off a ladder and landed on a pair of scissors. The accident left her blinded for several months. When she recovered she was offered a small role on The Ann Sothern Show. As she grew older Alice stayed out of the spotlight but she continued to answer the fan mail she received from around the world. She died on February 19, 1983 after suffering a stroke. Alice is buried at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Elizabeth Ann

Spouse (2)

Jack Roberts (24 August 1940 - 14 April 1949) (divorced)
Sy Bartlett (3 December 1933 - 17 February 1938) (divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Helmet blonde hairdo

Trivia (11)

Returned to being a secretary after her screen career ended.
She was Warner Brothers answer to Clara Bow.
Parents were James F. White and Marion Alexander, she being a professional actress. Her mother died while Alice was quite young and Alice and her maternal grandmother moved to Hollywood.
Attended Roanoke College.
One-time secretary and script girl for Josef von Sternberg who thought she lacked the temperament to be a secretary for him. She later worked for Charles Chaplin.
In 1957 she was blinded for several months after falling off a ladder and landing on a pair of scissors.
Her real hair color was reddish brown. She dyed it blonde to stop comparisons to her rival Clara Bow.
She was once one of Hollywood's most popular actresses and received more than 30,000 fan letter a month.
Had a pet sheepdog in the mid-1930s named Snoots, with whom she posed for publicity photos at Universal Pictures.
In 1927 Alice had a pet chow dog named Ching-a-Ling.
Alice White was originally scheduled to co-star in the Unversal Picture Affairs of a Gentleman (1934) but was replaced by Leila Hyams.

Personal Quotes (3)

[1933 interview] Knocks make you stronger. My chin ought to be scarred. But it's tough, it can take 'em. I like beans so if I had to eat a tin-can diet it wouldn't kill me.
[1958 interview] Look at that Marilyn Monroe walk. I did it first. That's an Alice White walk!
[1958 interview] I don't mind playing a maid. Save the hearts and flowers. Show business is my racket...and right now I'm only interested in getting back to work.

Salary (1)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1928) $2,000 a week

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