Although her entire prior TV experience had consisted of playing one scene as a waitress/witness on an episode of NBC's "Law & Order", Julie White won the role of Nadine Swoboda, sidekick to Brett Butler's Grace Kelly, on the ABC sitcom "Grace Under Fire" (from 1993 to 1997).
Born in San Diego, CA and raised on a ranch in Austin, TX, White began performing semi-professionally as a teenager. After completing high school, she attended Fordham University while pursuing a stage career. She appeared in various regional productions and made her off-Broadway debut in the musical "Lucky Stiff". She won praise for her handling of several roles, most notably Fran, the loud-mouthed, lesbian leader of a women's group, in "The Heidi Chronicles", Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. When the 1995 TNT TV-movie was filmed, White reprised her role. White also starred with Tony Goldwyn and Kevin Bacon in the romantic comedy "Spike Heels" Off-Broadway in 1992.