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Born: April 12, 1926 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, USA Profession: actor

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Jane Withers had an uncanny ability to make audiences laugh, sing and dance along with her throughout her illustrious career. She rose to prominence in the 1930s as the bratty young actress who bullied Shirley Temple in the film "Bright Eyes," which helped her land a contract with 20th Century Fox. Withers also gave Temple a run for her money as that era's biggest child star, often cast as the girl who could beat the boys at their own game. She had her first starring role in "Ginger" (1935), as an orphan who was far from helpless. After a break from the film industry, Wither reemerged in the 1960s as a character actor on television, as well as played Josephine the Plumber in a long-running series of advertisements for Comet cleanser. Withers' portrayal of a cheery female plumber and housewife not only helped boost sales for the product, but also established the hardworking and talented actress as a cultural icon who survived her childhood stardom to become a beloved personality on the big and small screen.

Jane Withers had an uncanny ability to make audiences laugh, sing and dance along with her throughout her illustrious career. She rose to prominence in the 1930s as the bratty young actress who bullied Shirley Temple in the film "Bright Eyes," which helped her land a contract with 20th Century Fox. Withers also gave Temple a run for her money as that era's biggest child star, often cast as the girl who could beat the boys at their own game. She had her first starring role in "Ginger" (1935), as an orphan who was far from helpless. After a break from the film industry, Wither reemerged in the 1960s as a character actor on television, as well as played Josephine the Plumber in a long-running series of advertisements for Comet cleanser. Withers' portrayal of a cheery female plumber and housewife not only helped boost sales for the product, but also established the hardworking and talented actress as a cultural icon who survived her childhood stardom to become a beloved personality on the big and small screen.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Hunchback of Notre Dame II, The (2002) Voice Of Laverne
2.
 Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (1996) Additional Voice Of Laverne
4.
 All Together Now (1975) Helen Drummond
5.
 Captain Newman, M. D. (1963) Lieut. Grace Blodgett
6.
 The Right Approach (1961) Liz
7.
 The Heart Is a Rebel (1958) Grace
8.
 Giant (1956) Vashti Snythe
9.
 Danger Street (1947) Pat Marvin
10.
 Affairs of Geraldine (1946) Geraldine Cooper
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Made her debut on local radio broadcasts in Atlanta, GA
1934:
Landed her first supporting role, opposite Shirley Temple in "Bright Eyes"
1935:
Featured in "The Farmer Takes a Wife," starring Henry Fonda
1943:
Received positive reviews for Lewis Milestone's "The North Star"
1947:
Retired from acting for several years after marrying wealthy Texas oil man, William P. Moss Jr.
1956:
Returned to acting to star opposite James Dean in George Stevens' "Giant"
1961:
Co-starred in the film, "The Right Approach"
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Gained fame again in the mid 1960s as "Josephine the Plumber," a character in a long-running and popular series of television commercials for Comet cleanser
1996:
Lent her voice to one of the gargoyles in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," after the death of Mary Wickes
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