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Also Known As: Georgette Lizette Withers Died:
Born: March 12, 1917 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Profession: Actor

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A notable British film and stage actress in England where she grew up and Australia which would become her adopted home, Googie Withers became best known for a series of melodramas at Ealing Studios in the 1940s and proved herself a versatile character player in her later years. She was born to a British career officer and a Dutch mother in a part of India that later became Pakistan. Withers was convent-educated in England, and studied acting and dancing before her stage debut in 1929. While she kept busy in theater during the 1930s, she also broke into films in 1934 with "The Girl in the Crowd". In the mid-30s, she cut back on her stage work to concentrate on her film career, but was confined mostly to second leads in both fairly big films and near "quota quickies" made to fulfill Britain's self-imposed Quota Law. She supported Dolores Del Rio and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in "Accused" (1936), acted for Michael Powell in the likable low-budgeter "The Love Test" (1935) and played one of Margaret Lockwood's giggly girlfriends in Alfred Hitchcock's superb "The Lady Vanishes" (1938).

A notable British film and stage actress in England where she grew up and Australia which would become her adopted home, Googie Withers became best known for a series of melodramas at Ealing Studios in the 1940s and proved herself a versatile character player in her later years. She was born to a British career officer and a Dutch mother in a part of India that later became Pakistan. Withers was convent-educated in England, and studied acting and dancing before her stage debut in 1929. While she kept busy in theater during the 1930s, she also broke into films in 1934 with "The Girl in the Crowd". In the mid-30s, she cut back on her stage work to concentrate on her film career, but was confined mostly to second leads in both fairly big films and near "quota quickies" made to fulfill Britain's self-imposed Quota Law. She supported Dolores Del Rio and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in "Accused" (1936), acted for Michael Powell in the likable low-budgeter "The Love Test" (1935) and played one of Margaret Lockwood's giggly girlfriends in Alfred Hitchcock's superb "The Lady Vanishes" (1938).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Shine (1996) Katharine Susannah Prichard
2.
 Country Life (1994) Hannah
3.
 Time After Time (1987) Leda Klein
4.
 Nickel Queen (1971) Meg Blake
5.
 Devil on Horseback (1954) Mrs Cadell
6.
 Four Against Fate (1952) Betty Molloy
7.
 The Magic Box (1951)
8.
 Night and the City (1950) Helen Nosseross
10.
 Miranda (1948)
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1929:
Stage acting debut, "The Windmill Man"
1934:
Film debut, "The Girl in the Crowd"
1938:
Featured as one of Margaret Lockwood's friends in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Lady Vanishes"
1943:
Returned to the stage to star in "They Came to a City"
1945:
Played Amanda in a British revival of Noel Coward's "Private Lives"
1947:
Starred in one of her most memorable films, "It Always Rains on Sunday"
1950:
Known for her role as the devious Helen Nosseross in "Night and the City"
1956:
Last film for over 15 years, "Port of Escape"
:
Emigrated to Australia in the late 1950s with her husband John McCallum
1960:
First Australian stage work included "Winter Journey" and "The Constant Wife"
1961:
New York stage debut, "The Complaisant Lover"
1971:
Returned to features to play the leading role in "Nickel Queen"; directed by husband, John McCallum
1985:
Again returned to features for the TV-film, "Time After Time"; also received a theatrical distribution
1986:
Starred in the BBC adaptation of "Hotel du Lac"
1989:
First miniseries work, the PBS biopic, "Melba"
1990:
Appeared in ITV's adaptation of "Ending Up"
1994:
Returned to features again to act in "Country Life"
1996:
Last screen performance, played a mentor to the teenaged piano prodigy David Helfgott in "Shine"
2002:
Co-starred with her husband (playing brother and sister) in the London revival of "Lady Windermere's Fan"
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Education

Italia Conti Academy: -
Buddy Bradley School of Dancing: -
Helena Lehmiski Academy: -

Notes

Was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1980.

Made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in June 2001.

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husband:
John McCallum. Actor, producer, director.

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father:
Edgar Clements Withers. Army captain. British.
mother:
Lizette Catarina Wilhemina Withers.
daughter:
Joanna McCallum. Actor. Born on June 27, 1950.
son:
Nicholas James McCallum. Born c. 1956.
daughter:
Amanda McCallum. Born on July 23, 1960.
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"Life With Googie" Heinemann

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