Former child star Jane Withers dies at 95, tributes pour in
- Former child movie star Jane Withers died at the age of 95 in California on Saturday
- Withers was born in Atlanta in 1926
- At the age of 2, she was cast in the Saturday morning children's show 'Aunt Sally's Kiddie Revue'
Former child movie star Jane Withers, who won hearts during the 1930s and ’40s, died at the age of 95 in California on Saturday evening, her daughter confirmed.
"My mother was such a special lady. She lit up a room with her laughter, but she especially radiated joy and thankfulness when talking about the career she so loved and how lucky she was," her daughter, Kendall Errair, confirmed in a statement to Deadline on Sunday.
Following her death, several people took to social media to offer condolences.
Withers was born in Atlanta in 1926. At the age of 2, she was cast in the Saturday morning children's show Aunt Sally's Kiddie Revue.
After acting in several movies as a child actor, Withers was cast by Twentieth Century-Fox in the 1934 'Bright Eyes,' as the nemesis of lovable Temple, then Hollywood’s most popular star.
In an interview in 2000, Withers recalled the role, saying, "I had to play the meanest, creepiest little girl that God ever put on this planet. I ran over Shirley with a tricycle, and a baby buggy. And I thought, ‘Oh dear, everybody’s going to hate me forever because I was so creepy mean to Shirley Temple!'"
At the age of 21, Withers retired from Hollywood in order to focus on starting a family. She married twice and raised five children. She later returned to Los Angeles in 1955 and attended film school at University of Southern California.
The following year, she went on to star in the movie 'Giant' alongside James Dean and Rock Hudson.
She then went on to do several TV commercials in the 1960s and ’70s. Withers is best remembered playing Josephine the Plumber in commercials for Comet, which ran from 1963 to 1974.
Recalling her mother's role in shaping her career, Withers had said, "Mother was determined to have only one child, a girl, who would go into show business, which she had wanted to do so much herself."