'White Christmas' star Anne Whitefield dead at 85

 March 2, 2024

On February 15, the family of Anne Whitfield, a distinguished actress known for her iconic role in the beloved holiday film "White Christmas," announced her passing at the age of 85.

Whitfield's demise occurred following an accident during a neighborhood walk in Yakima, Washington, as reported by B Town Blog. In a statement, her family described her life as one dedicated to uplifting others and the world around her.

Her background

Born on August 27, 1938, in Oxford, Mississippi, Whitfield's acting journey began at a tender age. Moving to Los Angeles with her mother, she embarked on her career at just four years old.

By seven, she had already landed a significant role portraying a Holocaust survivor on the soap opera "One Man's Family."

Her talent extended beyond the screen to radio shows like "The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show," "Our Miss Brooks," and "Mr. and Mrs. Blandings," as detailed in her obituary.

Her work in "White Christmas"

Whitfield's breakthrough in cinema came with her portrayal of Susan Waverly, the granddaughter of Major Gen. Thomas F. Waverly, in the 1954 film "White Christmas."

Directed by Michael Curtiz and featuring stars like Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, the Paramount musical marked a pivotal moment in her career.

Her early years in Hollywood also saw her in roles in films such as "The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima" (1952) and "Peter Pan" (1953), all while managing her studies at Hollywood High School.

Her later years

Throughout her extensive television career, Whitfield left an indelible mark with notable appearances in popular series such as "Father Knows Best," "77 Sunset Strip," "Perry Mason," "That Girl," "Ironside," and "Emergency!" Her versatility and talent captivated audiences across various genres, showcasing her range as an actress.

Whitfield's passing marks the end of an era in Hollywood, where she was revered for her contributions to film and television.

“Through the kindness of neighbors who provided expert medical support, family had the gift to say goodbye and express love and gratitude, a gift we will always cherish,” her family wrote, according to People.

Her portrayal of Susan Waverly in "White Christmas" remains etched in the hearts of audiences, solidifying her legacy as an icon of classic cinema.

As her family, friends, and fans mourn her loss, they celebrate the enduring impact of her work and the memories she leaves behind.

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