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Voices from the Food Revolution: People Who Changed The Way Americans Eat
An oral history project conducted by Judith Weinraub
Made possible with a grant from the Leon Levy Foundation
2009-2011
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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

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

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

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

Subject Names

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

Subject Organizations

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

Subject Topics

  • Restaurants -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Acting.
  • Civil rights movement -- United States
  • Cooking, American -- History -y 20th century
  • Cooking, Italian
  • Gastronomy.
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • Restaurant management

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