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Googie Withers est une Actrice Britannique née le 12 mars 1917 à Karachi (Pakistan)

Googie Withers

Googie Withers
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Nom de naissance Georgette Lizette Withers
Nationalité Royaume-uni
Naissance 12 mars 1917 à Karachi (Pakistan)
Mort 15 juillet 2011 (à 94 ans) à Sydney (Australie)
Récompenses Commandeur de l'ordre de l'Empire britannique

Googie Withers, est une actrice britannique, née Georgette Lizette Withers le 12 mars 1917 à Karachi, Pakistan, et morte le 15 juillet 2011 à Sydney, Australie.


Withers was born in Karachi, Pakistan then part of British India, to Edgar Withers, a captain in the Royal Navy, and a Dutch-German mother, Zitette. She acquired the name "Googie" (Little Pigeon) at a young age from her ayah (nanny). As a child, she learned Urdu. Her father left the Royal Navy to manage a foundry in Birmingham, England, and Googie was sent to a boarding school near Dover. 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 in her place.

During the 1930s, Withers 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, and a departure from her previous roles, was the Powell and Pressburger film One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942), a topical World War II drama in which she played a Dutch resistance fighter who helps British airmen return to safety from behind enemy lines. She played the devious Helen Nosseross in Night and the City (1950), a British film noir directed by Jules Dassin.

In 1948 British exhibitors voted her the 8th most popular British star in the country.

While filming The Loves of Joanna Godden (1947), Withers met her co-star, the Australian actor John McCallum. They were married on 24 January the following year, and remained married until McCallum died in 2010.

Withers first toured Australia in the stage play Simon and Laura. When McCallum was offered the position running J.C. Williamson theatres, they moved to Australia in 1959. Withers starred in a number of stage plays, including Rattigan's The Deep Blue Sea, Desire of the Moth, The First 400 Years (with Keith Michell), The Circle, The Cocktail Hour, Time And The Conways, The Importance Of Being Earnest, Beekman Place (for which she also designed the set), The Kingfisher, Stardust, Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard and Wilde's An Ideal Husband for the Melbourne Theatre Company; both productions toured Australia. They appeared together in the UK in The School for Scandal at the Duke of York's Theatre in London's West End and on the subsequent British Council tour of Europe in 1983–84 and in W. Somerset Maugham's The Circle at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

Withers starred on Broadway with Michael Redgrave in The Complaisant Lover and in London with Alec Guinness in Exit the King. During the 1970s, she appeared as Faye Boswell, the governor of a women's prison, in the television series Within These Walls. Because Within These Walls had been a moderate success in Australia, she was approached by producers to play the role of the Governor of the Wentworth Detention Centre in the later series Prisoner, a job which she declined.

Withers starred in the BBC adaptation of Hotel du Lac (1986), which was followed a year later by another BBC production of Northanger Abbey. In 1989 she appeared at Brighton in England in A R Gurney's The Cocktail Hour alongside her husband John and her daughter, Joanna - the play a success from New York starring Nancy Marchand, the previous year. In 1990, she appeared in ITV's adaptation of Ending Up. Her last screen performance was as the Australian novelist Katharine Susannah Prichard in the film Shine (1996), for which she and the other cast members were nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for "Outstanding performance by a cast".

In 2002, aged 85, Withers appeared with Vanessa Redgrave in Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan in London's West End.

In October 2007, aged 90 and 89 respectively, Withers and McCallum appeared in an extended interview with Peter Thompson on ABC TV's Talking Heads programme.

Le plus souvent avec

John McCallum
John McCallum
(10 films)
Jack E. Cox
Jack E. Cox
(4 films)
Roland Culver
Roland Culver
(7 films)
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Filmographie de Googie Withers (52 films)

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Shine (1996)
, 1h45
Réalisé par Scott Hicks
Origine Australie
Genres Drame, Biographie, Musical
Thèmes L'enfance, Maladie, La mer, La musique, Transport, Lié à la musique classique, Musique, Piano, Folie, Enfant musicien
Acteurs Geoffrey Rush, Noah Taylor, Armin Mueller-Stahl, John Gielgud, Lynn Redgrave, Nicholas Bell
Rôle Katharine Susannah Prichard
Note75% 3.798653.798653.798653.798653.79865
L'histoire de Shine s'inspire de la vie de David Helfgott, pianiste australien né à Melbourne, qui dès son plus jeune âge fit preuve de dons exceptionnels. Quelques années plus tard, de graves troubles psychiques l'éloignèrent des concerts pendant près de dix ans. Mais en 1984, il fit un retour triomphal qui relança sa carrière.
Country Life, 1h58
Réalisé par Michael Blakemore
Genres Drame, Romance
Thèmes Adaptation d'une pièce de théâtre
Acteurs Sam Neill, Greta Scacchi, John Hargreaves, Kerry Fox, Googie Withers, Michael Blakemore
Rôle Hannah
Note66% 3.3452753.3452753.3452753.3452753.345275
Pour suivre son mari, la belle Deborah accepte de s’installer en plein coeur de la campagne australienne. Le climat inhospitalier et l’isolement du lieu minent le caractère de la jeune femme. Mais elle fait rapidement la rencontre du séduisant docteur Max.
Time After Time
Acteurs John Gielgud, Googie Withers, Helen Cherry, Ursula Howells, Brenda Bruce, Mark Lambert
Rôle Leda Klein
Note72% 3.6000553.6000553.6000553.6000553.600055
A constantly bickering aristocratic family live in a crumbling great house in Ireland, when their lives are interrupted by the unexpected arrival of a German cousin.
Nickel Queen, 1h29
Réalisé par John McCallum
Genres Comédie
Acteurs Googie Withers, Alfred Sandor, Ed Devereaux, Tom Oliver, Peter Gwynne
Rôle Meg Blake
Note66% 3.3399453.3399453.3399453.3399453.339945
Meg Blake is the widowed owner of a pub in a small desert town in Western Australia. Corrupt American mining executive Ed Benson starts the rumour of a nickel discovery to sell shares to gullible investors. Meg heads the rumour and stakes the first claim. Benson promotes her as the "Nickel Queen".
La Boîte magique, 1h58
Réalisé par John Boulting, Roy Boulting, Cliff Owen
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Drame, Biographie
Acteurs Robert Donat, Margaret Johnston, Maria Schell, Robert Beatty, Margaret Rutherford, Janette Scott
Rôle Sitter in Bath Studio
Note69% 3.492053.492053.492053.492053.49205
Un assistant photographe décide de s'installer à son compte avec l'idée de produire des images animées, mais son entreprise est ruinée et il doit rembourser ses créanciers.
Derby Day
Derby Day (1952)
, 1h24
Réalisé par Herbert Wilcox
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Drame
Thèmes Mise en scène d'un animal, Sport, Les chevaux, Equitation
Acteurs Anna Neagle, Michael Wilding, Googie Withers, Toni Edgar-Bruce, Samuel John Kydd, John McCallum
Rôle Betty Molloy
Note63% 3.190633.190633.190633.190633.19063
On the morning of the Epsom Derby, a disparate group of people prepare to go to the races. Lady Helen Forbes, a recently widowed aristocrat is planning to make the journey in spite of the disapproval of her social set who consider it unseemly to go while still in mourning. David Scott, a newspaper cartoonist is ordered to go by his editor against his wishes. Meanwhile, as part of a charity raffle, a dissolute film star, Gerald Berkeley, is to escort a wealthy grand dame to Epsom for the day something he is equally reluctant about. Happily she falls and injures her leg, and her crafty housekeeper arranges for one of the young maids to go in her place. Meanwhile, in Battersea, a lodger kills a man whose wife he is having an affair with. They plan to flee the country, and also head to Epsom where he knows a tipster who can smuggle them out.
Lady Godiva Rides Again, 1h30
Réalisé par Frank Launder
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Acteurs Alastair Sim, Dennis Price, Diana Dors, John McCallum, Stanley Holloway, Joan Collins
Rôle Susan Foster (actress in clip, "The Shadow of the Orient") (uncredited)
Note58% 2.906572.906572.906572.906572.90657
White Corridors, 1h42
Réalisé par Pat Jackson
Origine Royaume-uni
Thèmes Maladie
Acteurs Googie Withers, James Donald, Godfrey Tearle, Petula Clark, Jean Anderson, Timothy Bateson
Rôle Dr. Sophie Dean
Note70% 3.5392753.5392753.5392753.5392753.539275
The day-to-day life of the staff and patients at a city hospital.
Les Forbans de la nuit, 1h31
Réalisé par Jules Dassin
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Thriller, Noir, Policier
Thèmes Sport, Films pour enfants
Acteurs Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers, Hugh Marlowe, Herbert Lom, Francis L. Sullivan
Rôle Helen Mosseross
Note78% 3.946333.946333.946333.946333.94633
Harry Fabian est un frimeur qui tente des projets qui échouent systématiquement. Un jour, il rencontre Gregorius, la légende vivante de la lutte gréco-romaine. Il échafaude un plan pour organiser un combat. Mais comme d'habitude, ses plans vont échouer, et il va devoir échapper à beaucoup de personnes...
Traveller's Joy, 1h18
Réalisé par Ralph Thomas
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Thèmes Adaptation d'une pièce de théâtre
Acteurs Googie Withers, John McCallum, Maurice Denham, Yolande Donlan, Colin Gordon, Peter Illing
Rôle Bumble Pelham
Note58% 2.9154852.9154852.9154852.9154852.915485
With extensive restrictions on how much foreign exchange British travellers can take outside the realm (then £5), a variety of English men and women are trapped in expensive Sweden.
La Rose et l'Oreiller, 1h27
Réalisé par Ralph Thomas
Genres Comédie, Comédie romantique, Romance
Acteurs Googie Withers, Griffith Jones, Guy Middleton, David Horne, Anthony Steel, Raymond Lovell
Rôle Carol Gilbert
Note59% 2.962832.962832.962832.962832.96283
The film is a comedy and a social commentary on the period and is set just after World War II.
Miranda (1948)
, 1h20
Réalisé par Ken Annakin
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Drame, Science-fiction, Fantastique, Comédie, Comédie romantique, Fantasy, Romance
Thèmes Magie, La mer, Transport, Mettant en scène une sirène, Adaptation d'une pièce de théâtre
Acteurs Glynis Johns, Googie Withers, Griffith Jones, Margaret Rutherford, John McCallum, Yvonne Owen
Rôle Clare Martin
Note67% 3.392573.392573.392573.392573.39257
Le docteur Paul Martin passe un jour de vacance à pécher seul sur la côte des Cornouailles, sa femme n'aimant pas la pêche. Il hameçonne Miranda, une sirène qui l'emporte dans l'eau jusqu'à une caverne sous-marine. Elle ne veut pas le laisser partir mais lorsqu’il lui promet de lui faire voir Londres, elle accepte de le libérer. Le docteur la déguise en handicapée dans une chaise roulante et la fait passer pour une de ses patientes. Il l'amène chez lui…