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Julie White, FCLS ’09

Julie White is a 2009 alumna of Fordham College of Liberal Studies.

Julie White doesn’t stay still for long. After winning the 2007 Tony Award for Best Actress for her role as a tough agent in The Little Dog Laughed, she acted alongside Anne Hathaway in a Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night. She followed that with a role in the blockbuster film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. And then she graduated from Fordham College of Liberal Studies with a B.A. in history-- more than 20 years after she first enrolled at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) in the 1980s when she moved to New York to pursue acting.

“I had been going to Southwest Texas State University, but I really wanted to come to New York to act,” she said. "I started at Fordham College at Lincoln Center and then started acting in summers."

As White’s career started to take off, she took some time away from classes, sometimes missing a full semester at a time. Later, a marriage and a baby complemented her now-flourishing theatre and film career, and returning to school just wasn't in the cards.

“I was a really good student,” she said, “and I always felt bad I wasn’t a graduate.”

A serendipitous encounter, though, with Matthew Maguire, director of Fordham’s theatre program at an FCLC alumni event with some friends, presented White with an opportunity to earn her bachelor’s degree.

“[Maguire] helped me figure out what I was missing and put together a plan so that if I taught some classes and wrote some papers about my various and sundry life experiences, they would give me the credit I was missing.

“I’m telling you—writing a paper was excruciating.”

   

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