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Googie Withers
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    (March 12, 1917-July 15, 2011)
    Born in Karachi, Pakistan
    Appeared in the films 'The Girl in the Crowd' (1935), 'King of Hearts' (1936), 'She Knew What She Wanted' (1936), 'The Lady Vanishes' (1938), 'The Gang's All Here' (1939), 'Murder in Soho' (1939), 'Bulldog Sees It Through' (1941), 'One of Our Aircraft Is Missing' (1942), 'Dead of Night' (1945), 'It Always Rains on Sunday' (1947), 'Night and the City' (1950), 'The Magic Box' (1951), 'Lady Godiva Rides Again' (1951), 'Devil on Horseback' (1954), 'Nickel Queen' (1971), 'Time After Time' (1986) and 'Shine' (1996)
    Portrayed Faye Boswell on the British TV series 'Within These Walls' (1974-78)
    Appeared on Broadway in 'The Complaisant Lover' (1961)
    Appeared on the London West End stage in 'Exit the King,' 'The Circle,' 'School for Scandal' and 'Lady Windermere's Fan'
    Appeared at Stratford-on-Avon in 'Hamlet' and 'Much Ado About Nothing'
    Named an Officer of the Order of Australia (1980) and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (2002)
    During her first performance, in a Christmas pantomime, she ticked off the management by catching measles, then spreading it to half the cast (1929).
    She said about being known by the childhood nickname Googie, 'My real name sounds even crazier. I was christened Georgette Lizette!'
    The producers of Coronation Street had to apologize after a character declared, 'Googie Withers would turn in her grave.' (2004)
    In a show biz cliche come to life, she got her big break when she showed up to be an extra in 'The Girl in the Crowd' just after director Michael Powell had fired the second female lead and he immediately offered her the role.
    While entertaining British troops in Antwerp during World War II, she narrowly escaped death when the theater where she had been performing was struck by a V2 rocket minutes after she left.
    She was dubbed 'The best bad girl in British films.'
    She was married to actor/producer John McCallum for 62 years until his death.

Credit: C. Fishel

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