Christine White dies

Christine White dies, Ms. White died on April 14 at 86 in a nursing home in Washington, according to a death notice published May 11 in The Carroll County Times in Maryland.

Her role in the 25 minutes that comprise “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” may not have been as prominent as those of Mr. Shatner or Mr. Cravat. But it was central to the episode and perhaps the most memorable part she played in her quarter-century acting career.

Christine Lamson White was born on May 4, 1926, in Washington. She received a degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1947. She performed in plays in college and moved to New York after she graduated to pursue a career in theater. By the early 1950s she was in Hollywood, where she appeared in movies and television shows well into the 1970s, including “Bonanza,” “The Rifleman,” “The Untouchables” and “Father Knows Best.” Her survivors include numerous nieces and nephews.

In “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” viewers look to Julia Wilson to know what to make of her husband. While he worries, she dozes on sleeping pills. When he continues to see the gremlin out the window to his left, he turns to his wife, calm and determined to be supportive, to his right. At one point he begs her to tell the flight crew what he is seeing even though, when she looks out, or others do, the gremlin is nowhere in sight.

“I know it’s asking a lot,” he says. “It’s like asking you to advertise your marriage to a lunatic.”

Resolved to be devoted, she responds, “I’ll tell them. You just sit tight, and I’ll tell them.”

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