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Christine White, a prolific actress best known for her role in the classic “Twilight Zone” episode, “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” has died in Washington, DC at the age of 86 on April 14, 2013.

According to her obituary in the Carroll County Times, White appeared in more than 50 television and film productions during her Hollywood career. She worked mainly in a 25-year period between the 1950s and the 1970 with roles in such productions as “Father Knows Best,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Perry Mason,” “The Untouchables,” “The Fugitive” and “Bonanza.” The actress’ final credited role came when she played a secretary in the 1976 biopic, “James Dean.”

Of all of these roles, none were more memorable than White’s part in one of the most famous of “Twilight Zone” episodes. Starring a young William Shatner, the episode focused on a man with a fear of flying that starts to seem reasonable when he spies a monstrous figure destroying the plane’s wing mid-flight. White played the Shatner character’s companion, either a wife or a girlfriend who tries to convince the man that everything is fine.

White left acting later in life when she moved to the Washington area to care for her elderly mother. In her last years, the former actress followed an interest in writing and produced a quarterly bulletin called “The Rampart Papers.”

Posted by:Laurel Brown