The First Lady of Hairdressing, Carrie White Dies At Age 78

Did you know that Carrie White was considered the “First Lady of Hairdressing?” On May 3rd, 2022, the beauty industry said goodbye to the legendary hairstylist, who passed away at the age of 78 after a long battle with cancer.

Before the term “Groomer” was coined, Carrie rose to the top in a male dominated field styling for superstars from Elvis Presley to Ann-Marget, Goldie Hawn, Elizabeth Taylor, Sharon Tate and even Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock.

White began her hairdressing career in 1964, in Beverly Hills, working with Billy Grimes, Gene Shacove, and Richard Alcala. With work appearing in major publications, from Vogue to Vanity Fair, her film credentials included Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, styling Ellen Burstyn, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, styling Louise Fletcher, Dollars, styling Goldie Hawn, Being There, styling Peter Sellers and more. She also wroked with Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Marlon Brando, Nancy Reagan, etc.


A statement from KP Media said, “She was a shining light that blinded you with love and infectious laughter. Her love of style was the lens through which she saw the world.”

Carrie was also a poet and author who wrote a best-selling memoir, “Upper Cut: Highlights of My Hollywood Life” which is being adapted by screenwriter, Susan McMartin, with actress Julia Fox set to star as Carrie in the film from Executive Producers, Mark Canton & Dorothy Canton.

The statement added, “One of her proudest achievements was her commitment and service to Alcoholics Anonymous, which was never Anonymous for her. She helped thousands seeking sobriety, and her tireless ability to hold out her hand to those in need never waned or softened. She was a force of nature, an example that, as long as you are breathing, you can turn your life around.”

“She will be missed, and they will be forever grateful. In her honor, please pay it forward and help someone in need. It could be as small as a smile to brighten someone’s day.”

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