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. Billingsley currently resides in Los Angeles, California and remains active in theater. 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". In 2002, he was a guest star in an episode of Stargate SG-1, playing a scientist who is also a Trekkie, "worship[ping] at the altar of Roddenberry". They are the parents of the actors Nicholas McCallum and Joanna McCallum. Miles Ballard in the short-lived television series The Others and then as the eccentric alien Doctor Phlox in the fifth Star Trek series, Star Trek: Enterprise. 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. He was cast in the role of Prof.

Throughout her career she has appeared frequently in film, television, and theater. In the early 1990s, Billingsley began to appear in minor roles on television and film, and starred in the independent film Breathing Hard (2000). 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. In Seattle, Billingsley helped found Book-It, a theatre company specializing in stage adaptations, and Freehold, an acting studio. Her best known work of the period was as one of Margaret Lockwood's friends in Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes (1938). He studied theatre at Bennington College in Vermont before moving to Seattle, Washington. During the 1930s she was constantly in demand in lead roles in minor films and supporting roles in more prestigious productions. Billingsley was born in Media, Pennsylvania and raised in Connecticut.

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