The star passed away on 24 July at her home in Greenwich Village, New York.
White made her Broadway debut in 1945 when she landed a role in Strange Fruit, but it was her star turn as Queen Aggravain, opposite a young Carol Burnett, in a 1959 production of Once Upon a Mattress which gave her her big break.
The musical led to further work in a number of Shakespeare plays, and she was honoured with an Obie Award in 1971 for her continued career achievements.
White later appeared in a number of U.S. soap operas such as A World Apart and The Edge of Night, becoming one of the first black actresses to land a soap role under contract.
She was also known for her vocal talent and performed as a cabaret singer in her autobiographical one-woman show Jane White, Who? from 1979.
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.
Marilyn Alex (ex-Molly, The Bold And The Beautiful/The Young And The Restless) - 79
Kathleen Cody (ex-Laurie Ann, The Edge Of Night; ex-Sally, As The World Turns; ex-Cecilia, The Secret Storm; ex-Hallie, Dark Shadows)- 57
Gina Gallego (Jane, Days Of Our Lives; ex-Diandra, Rituals; ex-Santana, Santa Barbara; ex-Gina, The Bold And The Beautiful) - 55
Shanna Reed (ex-Terry, Texas) - 54
Brümilda van Rensburg (ex-Louwna, Egoli) - 52
Kristina Wagner (Felicia, General Hospital) - 47
Nia Long (ex-Kat, Gl) - 40
Dominique Jennings (ex-Virginia, Sunset Beach)
Matthew Morrison (Will, Glee; ex-Adam, As The World Turns) - 32
Eva Marcille (ex-Tyra, The Young And The Restless) - 26
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