Googie Withers, CBE (born 12 March 1917) is an Indian-born British theatre, film and television actress who has long been a resident of Australia.
Born Georgette Lizette Withers in Karachi (then part of British India but now in Pakistan) to a British sailor and a Dutch mother, she was known as “Googie” from an early age. Her family returned to England when she was aged seven and she began acting at the age of twelve. A student at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, she was a dancer in a West End production when she was offered work as a film extra in Michael Powell’s The Girl in the Crowd (1935). 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… read more