Christine White died on Sunday, April 14, at Brinton Woods Nursing Home in Washington, D.C., Carroll County Times reported. The actress, who is survived by several nephews, nieces, a great nephew and a great niece, passed away at the age of 86. The family didn't state the cause of her death.
White was born in Washington D.C. on May 4, 1926 to parents James Andrew White and Lucia W. After graduating from a high school in Washington, White entered University of North Carolina majoring in English. At the university, she became interested in the world of theater as she participated in many school plays. She graduated in 1947 and got her Master degree from Catholic University in Washington D.C.
In early 1950s, she left for New York and appeared on TV series like "Playhouse 90", "General Electric" and "Philco Playhouse". She moved to Los Angeles and starred in many Hollywood movies and TV shows including "Magnum Force", "Vice Squad", "Man Crazy", "Bonanza", "The Rifleman", "The Untouchables" and "Father Knows Best". However, she is best known for her role on "Twilight Zone" episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet."
In the episode, she played William Shatner's wife who had to support her husband who just recovered form an anxiety breakdown. Shatner's Mr. Wilson claimed he saw a gremlin when he and his wife were on a plane.
The episode was so popular that it got spoofed on "Saturday Night Live", "3rd Rock From the Sun" and "The Simpsons".