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Onna White, stage, film choreographer

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Choreographer Onna White, who was awarded a special Oscar for ''Oliver!" and was nominated eight times for Tonys but never won, died Friday at her apartment, friends said. She was 83.

Ms. White received the honorary Oscar at the 1969 Academy Awards show, where ''Oliver!" won best picture of 1968.

She made her debut as a dancer in the San Francisco Opera Ballet. She moved to Broadway where she danced in ''Finian's Rainbow," ''Guys and Dolls" and ''Silk Stockings." After becoming assistant to Michael Kidd, she decided her future lay in choreography.

Her first Tony nomination was in 1958 for her work in the Meredith Willson smash hit ''The Music Man" starring Robert Preston.

Her other Tony nominations included ''Whoop-Up," ''Take Me Along," ''Irma La Douce," ''Half a Sixpence," ''Mame," ''Ilya Darling," and ''I Love My Wife." She also choreographed the films ''The Music Man" and ''Mame."

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