Jane Withers

Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 04/12/1926 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Filmography

Actor (30)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame II 2001 (Movie)

of Laverne (Voice)

Alice Faye: The Star Next Door 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996 (Movie)

Additional Voice of Laverne (Actor)

All Together Now 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Amazing Grace 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Betty Grable: Behind the Pin-Up 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1990 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shirley Temple: America's Little Darling 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Zack and the Magic Factory 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Winged Colt 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Mitzi: A Tribute to the American Housewife 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Captain Newman, M.D. 1962 (Movie)

Lieutenant Grace Blodgett (Actor)

Giant 1956 (Movie)

Vashti Snythe (Actor)

Johnny Doughboy 1941 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Farmer Takes a Wife 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

Affairs of Geraldine (Movie)

Geraldine Cooper (Actor)

Always in Trouble (Movie)

Jerry Darlington (Actor)

Angel's Holiday (Movie)

Angel (Actor)

Boy Friend (Movie)

Sally Murphy (Actor)

Bright Eyes (Movie)

Joy Smythe (Actor)

Can This Be Dixie? (Movie)

Peg Gurgle (Actor)

Checkers (Movie)

Checkers (Actor)

Pack up Your Troubles (Movie)

Colette (Actor)

The North Star (Movie)

Claudia (Actor)

Wild and Woolly (Movie)

Arnette Flynn (Actor)

Young America (Movie)

(Actor)
Music (1)

Pack up Your Troubles (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Ken Errair

Son
Born May 19, 1957; father, Kenneth Errair

Kendall Errair

Daughter
Born March 3, 1960; father, Kenneth Errair

Kenneth Errair

Husband
Married Oct. 23, 1955 until his death in a plane crash June 14, 1968

Bill Moss Song

Husband
Married Sept. 20, 1947 Divorced July 20, 1955

William Moss

Son
Born July 9, 1950; father, Bill Moss

Wendy Moss

Daughter
Born Sept. 26, 1948; father, Bill Moss

Randall Moss

Son
Born Jan. 29, 1952; father, Bill Moss Died Jan. 15, 1986

Milestones

1996

Lent her voice to one of the gargoyles in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," after the death of Mary Wickes

1961

Co-starred in the film, "The Right Approach"

1956

Returned to acting to star opposite James Dean in George Stevens' "Giant"

1947

Retired from acting for several years after marrying wealthy Texas oil man, William P. Moss Jr.

1942

Received positive reviews for Lewis Milestone's "The North Star"

1935

Featured in "The Farmer Takes a Wife," starring Henry Fonda

1934

Landed her first supporting role, opposite Shirley Temple in "Bright Eyes"

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

Made her debut on local radio broadcasts in Atlanta, GA

Bonus Trivia

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Jane Withers was the heroine of two novels, Jane Withers and the Hidden Room (1942) and Jane Withers and the Phantom Violin (1943).

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