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.
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Throughout her career she has appeared frequently in film, television, and theater. 1968:. 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. 1967:. Her best known work of the period was as one of Margaret Lockwood's friends in Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes (1938). 1966:. During the 1930s she was constantly in demand in lead roles in minor films and supporting roles in more prestigious productions. 1965:.

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. She is buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. The exact circumstances of her death remain the subject of much speculation.

She was in the middle of filming of the movie Brainstorm and preparing to make her stage debut in a Los Angeles production of Anastasia, opposite Dame Wendy Hiller, when she drowned in a 1981 overnight accident while their yacht was anchored at Catalina Island, off the coast near Los Angeles at the age of only 43. Her two marriages to actor Robert Wagner, conducted in the public eye, were stormy; but they were once more reconciled at the time of her death. During these years, which were the best of her career as an adult actress, she was a real Hollywood star, and was compared favorably with Elizabeth Taylor. Having a nice voice, she was supposed to sing all her songs; however, in the end she was dubbed by professional singer Marni Nixon, which was to her a great disappointment.

Another of her great films was the musical by Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story, in which she played the leading character Maria. By the time she was 28, she was already a three-time Oscar nominee, winning Academy Award nominations for Rebel Without a Cause, Splendor in the Grass and Love With the Proper Stranger. A well-known child star, she was one of the relatively few who made the transition to adult stardom. Soon her parents changed their surname to Gurdin, and at the age of 4 she was billed as Natasha Gurdin.

She was born in San Francisco, California as the daughter of Russian immigrants. She was the sister of the also famous actress Lana Wood. Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko (July 20, 1938 - November 29, 1981), better known as Natalie Wood, was an American film actress. C.H.U.D. (1983).

The Last Married Couple in America (1980). Willie and Phil (1980). Corvette Summer (1979). Peeper (1975).

The Candidate (1972). Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice (1969). This Property is Condemned (1966). The Great Race (1965).

Sex and the Single Girl (1964). Love with the Proper Stranger (1963). Gypsy (1962). Splendor in the Grass (1961).

West Side Story (1961). All the Fine Young Cannibals (1960). The Searchers (1956). Rebel Without a Cause (1955).

Muir (1947). The Ghost and Mrs. Miracle on 34th Street (1947). Golden Globe Award - From Here to Eternity (1979) (mini) - Best TV Actress: Drama (won!).

Golden Laurel Awards - Female Star (nominated: 9th place). Golden Laurel Awards - Female Star (nominated: 9th place). Golden Laurel Awards - Female Star (nominated: 12th place). Golden Laurel Awards - This Property is Condemned (1966) - Female Dramatic Performance (3rd place).

Golden Laurel Awards - Female Star (3rd place). Golden Globe Award - This Property is Condemned (1966) - Best Motion Picture Actress: Drama (nominated). Golden Laurel Awards - Female Star (nominated: 8th place). Golden Globe Award - World Film Favorite: Female (won!).

Golden Globe Award - Inside Daisy Clover (1965) - Best Motion Picture Actress: Musical/Comedy (nominated). Golden Apple Awards: Sour Apple - Least Cooperative Actress (won!). Golden Laurel Awards - Sex and the Single Girl (1964) - Comedy Performance (nominated: 5th place). Golden Laurel Awards - Female Star (nominated: 6th place).

Mar del Plata Film Festival - Love with the Proper Stranger (1963) - Best Actress (won!). Golden Laurel Awards - Love with the Proper Stranger (1963) (2nd place). Golden Laurel Awards - Top Female Star (3rd place). Golden Globe Award - Love with the Proper Stranger (1963) - Best Motion Picture Actress: Drama (nominated).

Academy Award - Love with the Proper Stranger (1963) - Best Actress in a Leading Role (nominated). Golden Laurel Awards - Gypsy (1962) - Top Female Musical Performance (2nd place). Golden Globes Awards - Gypsy (1962) - Best Motion Picture Actress: Musical/Comedy (nominated). British Academy of Film and Television Arts - Splendor in the Grass (1961) - Best Foreign Actress (nominated).

Golden Laurel Awards - Splendor in the Grass (1961) - Top Female Dramatic Performance (3rd place). Golden Laurel Awards - Top Female Star (nominated: 5th place). Academy Award - Splendor in the Grass (1961) - Best Actress in a Leading Role (nominated). Golden Laurel Awards - Top Female Star (nominated: 14th place).

Golden Apple Awards: Sour Apple - Least Cooperative Actress (won!). Golden Laurel Awards - Top Female Star (nominated: 9th place). Golden Laurel Awards - Top Female Star (nominated: 7th place). Golden Laurel Awards - Top Female Star (nominated: 13th place).

Golden Laurel Awards - Marjorie Morningstar (1958) - Top Female Dramatic Performance (nominated). Golden Globe Award - Most Promising Newcomer (won!). Academy Award- Rebel Without a Cause (1955) - Best Actress in a Supporting Role (nominated).

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