Skip to main content

Actress Googie Withers has died

Actress Googie Withers, best known for her role in Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes , has died aged 94.

Googie (born Georgette Lizette Withers) died in her home in Australia on Friday.

She was born in British India in 1917, and she took up acting at 12 years old, when her family returned to England.

She worked on a huge number of British films throughout the '30s and '40s, including The Lady Vanishes , Powell and Pressburger's One Of Our Aircraft Is Missing and Ealing Studios' portmanteau spooker Dead Of Night .

Withers met her husband, Australian actor John McCallum, on the set of The Loves Of Joanna Godden in 1947, and they were married the next year.

The pair starred in nine more films together, as well as a number of plays. McCallum, who is remembered for co-creating Skippy The Bush Kangaroo, died last year, aged 91.

Withers final film performance was in Shine in 1996. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to her family and friends.

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.