“White Christmas” Star Anne Whitfield Has Died at 85


Anne Whitfield, best known for her role as Susan Waverly in the timeless holiday film “White Christmas,” has passed away at the age of 85.

Anne Whitfield’s Legacy

Born on August 27, 1938, in Oxford, Mississippi, Anne Whitfield marked her place in the entertainment industry early in life. At the age of 15, she secured a role in the iconic film “White Christmas,” portraying the granddaughter of Major General Thomas Waverly, played by Dean Jagger.

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Beyond her memorable performance in the holiday classic, Anne’s career spanned many television shows, commercials, and a notable radio career that began in 1945 when she was just seven years old.

Her television appearances included iconic shows such as “One Step Beyond,” “Perry Mason,” “Rawhide,” “Gunsmoke,” “77 Sunset Strip,” “Dobie Gillis,” “Cheyenne,” and “Bonanza.”

In 1976, Whitfield decided to leave Hollywood behind and go back to school in her 40’s, earning a degree in Mass Communications before starting a fulfilling second career as a water quality educator at the state Department of Ecology. Even in retirement, she remained as a climate activist, advocating for environmental awareness and change.

Anne Whitfield’s Cause Of Death

Tragically, Whitfield passed away due to an “unexpected accident” during a neighborhood stroll. Surrounded by her family, she peacefully passed away on February 15 at Valley Memorial Hospital in Yakima, Washington.

As a proud mom of three and grandmother of seven, Whitfield leaves behind a legacy of love, talent, and dedication. Her portrayal of Susan Waverly in “White Christmas” continues to bring joy to audiences around the world, ensuring that her memory will live on for generations to come.

“Annie’s greatest wish is for her family and future generations to thrive in a world characterized by love, acceptance, natural beauty, and the cessation of political and social injustices,” her obituary says.

“She was a powerhouse in life and we hope her immense positive energy flows out to those who had the pleasure of knowing her.”

Listen to Anne Whitfield in a rare interview appearance below.