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Googie Withers

( b. Mar 12, 1917 Karachi - d. Jul 15, 2011 Sydney, AUSTRALIA ) Female
Googie Withers was a sly, stylish British star who was best liked by her public when she was behaving wickedly. She had jet black hair, knowing eyes, prominent cheekbones and mouth simultaneously inviting and contemptuous, Ms. Withers was an arresting screen presence. She got her big break when one of the leads in Michael Powell's 1935 film "The Girl in the Crowd" was fired just as she reported for work as an extra. She was immediately offered the bigger part. She became known internationally as part of the ensemble cast in Alfred Hitchcock's hit 1938 thriller "The Lady Vanishes." Powell used her again in the wartime drama "One of Our Aircraft Is Missing."

On Broadway, she starred in her one and only show, alongside Michael Redgrave in Graham Greene's The Complacent Lover in 1961.

Ms. Withers was arguably remembered longer than her acting contemporaries owing to her unusual moniker. Always strong of opinion, she once told a reporter, "I'm not changing my name. Remember that I have won a certain reputation with it, and I don't feel like beginning over again with a fresh name.


ProductionsDate of Productions
The Complaisant Lover
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Googie Withers [Mary Rhodes]
Nov 01, 1961 - Jan 27, 1962
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