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|Born||Michael Simon White
16 January 1936
|Died||7 March 2016
Ojai, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart failure|
|Education||Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz, Switzerland|
|Alma mater||University of Paris|
|Occupation||Theatre producer, film producer|
|Notable work||Oh! Calcutta!, 1970 West End
Sleuth, 1971 Broadway
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 1973 West End
The Rocky Horror Show, 1973 West End
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 1974 (film)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 1975 (film)
A Chorus Line, 1976 West End
Jabberwocky, 1977 (film)
Annie, 1978 West End
My Dinner With Andre, 1981 (film)
The Comic Strip Presents..., 1982 (TV)
She Loves Me, 1994 West End revival
|Awards||Tony Award for Best Play
Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival
1994: She Loves Me
Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Musical
1994: She Loves Me
Evening Standard Award for Best Musical
1973: The Rocky Horror Show
1976: A Chorus Line
Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Film
1983: The Ploughman's Lunch
Boston Society of Film Critics Best American Film
1982: My Dinner With Andre
Michael White was born in Glasgow, Scotland, the son of Doris (Cohen), who became successful in property development and management, and Victor White, who ran a glove making business. His mother was Eastern European Jewish and his father was born in Dublin, Ireland. As White suffered from asthma as a boy, his parents decided he would be educated as a boarder at the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz in Switzerland from age 7, where he was the only boy who did not speak the French language. He then graduated from the Sorbonne in Paris.
White produced his first West End play, the London premiere of Jack Gelber's The Connection in 1961. Known for bringing the risqué to the stage his productions included Sleuth, Oh! Calcutta!, Two Gentlemen of Verona and the original Theatre Upstairs production of The Rocky Horror Show.
Concurrently, White produced films, including the film version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Monty Python and the Holy Grail (both 1975). Later, he was responsible for The Comic Strip Presents... with Peter Richardson, which began on the opening night of Channel 4 in 1982.
However, losses on films mounted, and after being conned out of hundreds of thousands of pounds in the early 2000s, he was declared bankrupt in 2005 after suffering a heart attack at the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles.
White's autobiography, Empty Seats, was published in 1985.
White's life story was the subject of the 2013 documentary film The Last Impresario, directed by Gracie Otto. The film made its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in October 2013, where it was positively received by critics.
White was married twice. With his first wife, the 1960s model and designer Sarah Hillsdon (1965-1972), he had three children. With his second wife, Louise, an heiress 26 years his junior, he had a son. His ex-girlfriends included film director Lyndall Hobbs.
This list is incomplete, currently listing only White's most notable theatre works:
As producer or executive producer:
Appearing as himself: