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Jane White Viazzi

Biographical Note

An actress and cabaret performer in the late 1940s and 1950s, Jane White Viazzi was married to Alfredo Viazzi, owner of several Greenwich Village restaurants that featured Italian regional cooking before it was fashionable. The daughter of Walter White, the executive director of the NAACP from 1931-1955, and Gladys White, Viazzi grew up amid the optimism and pride of the Harlem Renaissance.

In this interview she discusses her childhood; her education at the Ethical Culture Schools in New York City and Smith College; her career; her husband's groundbreaking restaurants; and their friendship with James Beard.

Access Points

Bauer, Jerry
Baum, Joseph
Beard, James, 1903-1985
Epstein, Jason
Gussow, Ann
Mann, Ted
Viazzi, Alfredo
White, Jane
White, Walter Francis, 1893-1955

Circle in the Square (Theater)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Civil rights movements -- United States
Cooking, American -- History -- 20th century
Cooking, Italian
Harlem Renaissance
Restaurant management
Restaurants -- New York (State) -- New York

Interview 1, March 25, 2009

Box: Electronic Records, E-records: MSS_309.ref101.1 (Material Type: electronic records)
Fales Library and Special Collections
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012