In addition to writing and acting for theatre, television, radio and film, British-born Diz White is also a book and magazine author.
Her latest book COTSWOLDS MEMOIR – Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage will be published 15th May 2012 in Great Britain (available for pre-sale on Amazon.co.uk from 1st April 2012). There are also plans for a U.S. launch of this book later in the year.
In 2010 Diz launched two books that were published in the U.K. by The History Press www.thehistorypress.co.uk with an extensive book and media tour. She was interviewed by BBC Radio Gloucestershire and BBC Radio Berkshire in her publicity push. Diz also wrote a full length article about her book which was published in the October 2010 issue of the magazine Cotswold Life.
The first book released in June of 2010 entitled HAUNTED COTSWOLDS is part of the popular 'Haunted' series published by The History Press. Following this in September her second book in this series was published, entitled HAUNTED CHELTENHAM.
Both books are also published in the U.S.A. by Trafalgar Square Publishing (part of the IPG Group). Both books are also available on Amazon.
For a short video interview about HAUNTED COTSWOLDS with Diz White go to The HUFFINGTON POST Web Site to see a video etitled: Chic Trek – Ghostly Travels in England.
Diz is also the author of THE COMEDY GROUP BOOK which was published by Smith and Kraus in the U.S.A. This career development book, which also incorporates comedic war stories of Diz's journey as she created a comedy group, is available on Amazon.
In 2011 Diz and her husband Randall Montgomery founded a Internet/Mobile Phone and Home Entertainment DVD production company under their corporate banner Larrabee Industries. See web site www.larrabeeindustries.com
Larrabee Industries produced - a home entertainment DVD that is adapted from Diz's book HAUNTED COTSWOLDS and is entitled GHOSTS OF GREAT BRITAIN COLLECTION– Haunted Cotswolds. (This is the first in the series of seven) It is distributed by Quantum Leap in the U.K. and by Travel Video Store in the U.S.A. Go HERE to see the trailer for her DVD.
In addition Larrabee Industries produced an Internet/Mobile Phone Entertainment series entitled FILM NOIR FOR DUMMIES that was written, co-produced and narrated by Diz in collaboration with her husband. It has been licensed by Nokia Smart Phones and is in other markets. Check out episode one: Peter Mache and the Case of the Plaster Parrot.
Diz received the New York Critic's Drama Desk Award for her starring in her play EL GRANDE DE COCA-COLA, which she also co-wrote, after it was picked up at the Edinburgh Festival and produced Off-Broadway in New York. This show had previously been launched by the comedy group she founded in England under the auspices of an Arts Council Grant and played at the Hampstead Theatre Club, Greenwich Theatre and The Edinburgh Theatre.
Next, after a very successful two year run Off-Broadway run in New York, EL GRANDE DE COCA-COLA was produced by HBO as a comedy special and published as a play by Samuel French Play scripts. Along with her other plays it has been performed in first run, amateur and stock productions in over twenty six countries.
In February 2010, BULLSHOT , the movie, in which Diz starred, along with Billy Connolly and Mel Smith, and also co-wrote, was released on DVD in the U.K. BULLSHOT the movie was produced by the late ex-Beatle George Harrison's HandMade Films and was adapted from the play that Diz conceived and co-wrote entitled BULLSHOT CRUMMOND. The movie BULLSHOT was directed by Dick Clement and co-produced by Ian La Frenais.
BULLSHOT the movie has been released as a DVD in the U.S.A. by Image Entertainment and will also be included in a HandMade DVD Box Set that Image is bringing out soon. The DVD of this movie is available on Amazon
The play BULLSHOT CRUMMOND is based on a spoof of the Bulldog Drummond novels and has had successful presentations in London, New York, San Francisco (where it ran for four years) and Los Angeles. Diz conceived of this play when she found a Bulldog Drummond novel in an antique bookstore in the Portobello Road in London. She 'saw' that a play could come from this book if it was given a 'Noir B movie' treatment on stage, complete with movie-style drama stings of music and thirties-style shadows. BULLSHOT CRUMMOND is published by Samuel French Play Scripts and there have be have been numerous first run, amateur and stock productions of it licensed in dozens of countries around the world.
Subsequently, Showtime Network filmed BULLSHOT CRUMMOND as a comedy special and it was nominated for an Ace Cable Award.
Diz starred in the short movie TOO MUCH OREGANO (Feltham Films) which won for BEST SHORT in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
In her solo acting career Diz guest starred in STAR TREK -The Next Generation, COMEDY BREAK and THE (MIS) ADVENTURES OF FIONA PLUM (a U.S. pilot with British actress Kelly Brook). These shows were among numerous other guest appearances that Diz has made for television.
Diz has also starred in, written and performed voice over work in many other television and movie projects.
In addition to her on-camera acting for television and film Diz has also performed voice over, narration and animation work for numerous television and film productions.
She has performed voice over work for the film HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, which was nominated for an Oscar in 2011, and for TITANIC which won for best picture at the Oscars, also for SHREK, FROST NIXON, GLADIATOR, 101 and 102 DALMATIANS and BRUCE ALMIGHTY among many other films.
In television she has performed voice over work for FRIENDS, BOSTON LEGAL, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, and J.A.G., among many other T.V. shows.
Diz is currently developing a new comedy play which has had two workshop productions to date at the Chandler Theatre in Hollywood and is also performing voice work as a regular in the Japanese Anime series HUNTIK.
She is also developing an IPAD App for COTSWOLDS MEMOIR – Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage which will combine the text of her travel tour memoir of the Cotswolds with footage shot by her DVD production company. Diz White divides her time between Hollywood in the U.S.A. and the Cotswolds in England. (Contd. Below)
OTHER T.V. SHOWS AND DVDS that feature Diz White's work (Partial list).
FOOTLIGHT FRENZY was produced as a play in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The play was adapted as a comedy special for SHOWTIME NETWORK.
Diz co-wrote and starred in both the play and the Showtime Comedy Special. FOOTLIGHT FRENZY is published by Samuel French Playscripts.
THE LOW MOAN SPECTACULAR was produced by ABC Network in the U.S.
Diz co-wrote and starred in this one hour sketch comedy special.
Diz co-wrote and co-produced this half hour children's home entertainment DVD