Googie Withers

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The daughter of a British army captain and his Dutch wife, Googie Withers was sent to a convent school in London at the age of eight and then attended the Italia Conti dance and drama school. She had her first stage experience at the age of 13 and while appearing in cabaret two years later was spotted by a film producer and given a small part in The Girl in the Crowd (1934). There then began a string of stage appearances and from the mid-Thirties, roles as darkly glamorous or seductively bitchy ladies in thrillers and comedies.

At the height of her career she left Britain to live in Australia with her husband, the actor John McCallum. but returned to take the occasional film and television role. In the mid Seventies she was notably successful as the governor of a women’s prison in UK television series Within These Walls.

Daughter Joanna McCallum is also an actress. Googie’s real name was Georgette Lizette and her stage name Googie dates back to the childhood nickname given to her by her nanny.

Born: March 12, 1917 in Karachi, Sindh, British India.

Died: July 15, 2011 (at the grand old age of 94) in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.



1974-1978 Series Within These Walls (ITV 1974-1978, Googie Withers, Jerome Willis) as Faye Boswell (Seasons 1-3)
1947 Movies It Always Rains On Sunday (Ealing 1947, Googie Withers, John McCallum) as Rose Sandigate
1947 Movies Miranda (GFD 1947, Glynis Johns, Googie Withers) as Clare Martin
1945 Movies Dead Of Night (Ealing 1945, Michael Redgrave, Mervyn Johns) as Joan Cortland
1945 Movies Pink String And Sealing Wax (Ealing 1945, Googie Withers, Mervyn Johns) as Pearl Bond
1943 Movies Silver Fleet, The (The Archers 1942, Ralph Richardson, Googie Withers) as Helène van Leyden