Googie Withers

Googie Withers (born March 12, 1917 in Karachi, Pakistan) is a British actress.

Born Georgette Lizette Withers she began acting at the age of 12. She was a dancer in a West End production when she was offered work as a film extra. She arrived on the set to find one of the major players in the production had been dismissed, and she was immediately asked to step into the role.

During the 1930s she was constantly in demand in lead roles in minor films and supporting roles in more prestigious productions. Her best known work of the period was as one of Margaret Lockwood's friends in Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes (1938).

Among her successes of the 1940s was One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1942), a topical World War II drama in which she played a resistance fighter who helps British airmen return to safety from behind enemy lines.

Throughout her career she has appeared frequently in film, television, and theater. Married to Australian actor John McCallum since 1948, the couple met on a film set in Britain, and returned to Australia where both worked frequently in television together and appeared in a number of stage productions. They are the parents of the actors Nicholas McCallum and Joanna McCallum.

Withers' most recent screen performance was as the music teacher in the film Shine (1996) for which she and the other cast members were nominated for a Screen Actors Guild for "Outstanding Performance By A Cast".

Withers was made Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2002.


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Withers was made Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2002. Witherspoon was the voice behind the character of Greta Wolfecastle in an episode of The Simpsons. Withers' most recent screen performance was as the music teacher in the film Shine (1996) for which she and the other cast members were nominated for a Screen Actors Guild for "Outstanding Performance By A Cast". She is known for her versatility as an actress, playing both comedic and dramatic roles and has won Best Actress awards from the National Society of Film Critics and the Online Film Critics Society. They are the parents of the actors Nicholas McCallum and Joanna McCallum. They have two children together, Ava Elizabeth Phillippe, born September 9, 1999 and Deacon Phillippe, born October 23, 2003. Married to Australian actor John McCallum since 1948, the couple met on a film set in Britain, and returned to Australia where both worked frequently in television together and appeared in a number of stage productions. Witherspoon married actor Ryan Phillippe on June 5, 1999.

Throughout her career she has appeared frequently in film, television, and theater. She has a younger brother named John, who works as a real estate broker. Among her successes of the 1940s was One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1942), a topical World War II drama in which she played a resistance fighter who helps British airmen return to safety from behind enemy lines. Her father is a surgeon and her mother is a nurse and college professor. Her best known work of the period was as one of Margaret Lockwood's friends in Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes (1938). Witherspoon is a direct descendant of John Witherspoon, signer of the United States Declaration of Independence and founder of Princeton University. During the 1930s she was constantly in demand in lead roles in minor films and supporting roles in more prestigious productions. Witherspoon was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She attended Stanford University but dropped out before completing her degree requirements.

She arrived on the set to find one of the major players in the production had been dismissed, and she was immediately asked to step into the role. Reese Witherspoon (born as Laura Jean Reese Witherspoon on March 22, 1976) is an American actress perhaps most familiar as Elle Woods in the film Legally Blonde (2001) and its sequel Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde (2003). She was a dancer in a West End production when she was offered work as a film extra. Vanity Fair (2004). Born Georgette Lizette Withers she began acting at the age of 12. Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde (2003). Googie Withers (born March 12, 1917 in Karachi, Pakistan) is a British actress. Sweet Home Alabama (2002).

The Importance of Being Earnest (2002). Legally Blonde (2001). American Psycho (2000). Election (1999).

Cruel Intentions (1999). Pleasantville (1998). Overnight Delivery (1998). Twilight (1998).

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