Googie Withers

Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 03/12/1917

Filmography

Actor (15)

The Lady Vanishes 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Shine 1996 (Movie)

Katharine Susannah Prichard (Actor)

Country Life 1995 (Movie)

Hannah (Actor)

Melba 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Northanger Abbey 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Time After Time 1987 (Movie)

Leda Klein (Actor)

Nickel Queen 1970 (Movie)

Meg Blake (Actor)

Devil on Horseback 1954 (Movie)

Mrs Cadell (Actor)

It Always Rains on Sunday 1949 (Movie)

Rose Sandigate (Actor)

Accused (TV Show)

Actor

Ending Up (TV Show)

Actor

Hotel du Lac (TV Show)

Actor

One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (Movie)

Jo de Vries (Actor)

Pink String and Sealing Wax (Movie)

Pearl Bond (Actor)

The Gang's All Here (Movie)

Alice Forrest (Actor)

Biography

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).

Relationships

John McCallum Actor

Husband
They were married until his death in 2010

Amanda McCallum

Daughter
July 23, 1960 Father, John McCallum

Joanna McCallum

Daughter
June 27, 1950 Father, John McCallum

Nicholas McCallum

Son
Father, John McCallum

Edgar Withers

Father

Lizette Withers

Mother

EDUCATION

educated in London convent while growing up

Buddy Bradley School of Dancing

Helena Lehmiski Academy

Birmingham

Italia Conti Academy

Milestones

2002

Co-starred with her husband (playing brother and sister) in the London revival of "Lady Windermere's Fan"

1996

Last screen performance, played a mentor to the teenaged piano prodigy David Helfgott in "Shine"

1994

Returned to features again to act in "Country Life"

1990

Appeared in ITV's adaptation of "Ending Up"

1989

First miniseries work, the PBS biopic, "Melba"

1986

Starred in the BBC adaptation of "Hotel du Lac"

1985

Again returned to features for the TV-film, "Time After Time"; also received a theatrical distribution

1970

Returned to features to play the leading role in "Nickel Queen"; directed by husband, John McCallum

1961

New York stage debut, "The Complaisant Lover"

1960

First Australian stage work included "Winter Journey" and "The Constant Wife"

1956

Last film for over 15 years, "Port of Escape"

1950

Known for her role as the devious Helen Nosseross in "Night and the City"

1947

Starred in one of her most memorable films, "It Always Rains on Sunday"

1944

Played Amanda in a British revival of Noel Coward's "Private Lives"

1942

Returned to the stage to star in "They Came to a City"

1938

Featured as one of Margaret Lockwood's friends in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Lady Vanishes"

1934

Film debut, "The Girl in the Crowd"

1929

Stage acting debut, "The Windmill Man"

Emigrated to Australia in the late 1950s with her husband John McCallum

Bonus Trivia

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

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

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