The radio, TV, and movie star passed away on February 15 in what was called a “unexpected accident” near her home in Washington, D.C.

Author Anne Whitfield has passed away. She was best known for her part in the 1954 holiday favorite White Christmas. She was 85 years old.

Her biography says Whitfield passed away on February 15 at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., with her family by her side. She was taken to the hospital after having a “unexpected accident while on a walk in her neighborhood.”

“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 loved ones wrote.

He was born on August 27, 1938, in Oxford, Mississippi. Whitfield’s father was sent overseas as an Army Band director when she was 4, so her mother took her to Hollywood to follow her dreams of becoming a movie star. Whitfield began playing in radio plays when he was a child. He continued to act and work on radio shows while going to UCLA.

She started working in the theater in 1949 and has been in many shows, such as Annie Get Your Gun. In the next year, she started getting small parts on TV shows like Racket Squad, One Man’s Family, and Hollywood Opening Night. She also got a few small parts in movies. Whitfield’s most famous role was as Susan Waverly in the 1954 hit musical comedy White Christmas. She was only 15 years old at the time, but her grandmother, Major General Thomas Waverly (Dean Jagger), owned the Columbia Inn hotel where Bing Crosby’s Bob Wallace and Danny Kaye’s Phil Davis performed. Tom Whitfield’s biography says, “Annie was able to watch White Christmas with her family during the holidays in December, which was the movie’s 70th anniversary.” Annie was a good actor, but Los Angeles didn’t have enough trees for her, so in the 1970s she left Hollywood for a new life “up north.” “Annie became deeply committed to causes that promote peace and protect nature during this time,” her family said. “After ‘retiring’, Annie worked tirelessly as an activist and community organizer, working right up until the day she passed away.” Whitfield kept playing in small parts through the 1980s and 1990s. Her last movie role was in Robert Altman’s 1999 drama Cookie’s Fortune. “Annie’s three children and seven grandchildren were the most important things in her life.” She loved her family very much and put them first all the time, her family said. Julie and Allison Whitfield, her son Evan, and her adored grandkids are all left to mourn her loss. Instead of sending flowers, Whitfield’s family asks that those who want to remember her memory “plant a memorial tree through The Tribute Store” or make a gift to a charity of their choice…

By Anna

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