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Jane Withers

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Actress who also starred in various films as a kid actress, like the Holy Terror. Later on in her profession, she offered the tone of voice of Mary Wickes in The Hunchback of Notre Dame as well as the Hunchback of Notre Dame II. She worked well as a kid celebrity and model. She created a close companionship with Wayne Dean before his loss of life. She was wedded to Kenneth Errair from 1955 until 1968. She is at the film Shiny Eye with Shirley Temple.

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Full Name Jane Withers
Date Of Birth April 12, 1926
Place Of Birth Atlanta, GA
Profession Movie Actress
Nationality American
Spouse Kenneth Errair, Bill Moss
Children Kenneth E. "Ken" Errair, Jr., William Paul Moss, III, Kendall Jane Errair, Randall Craig "Randy" Moss, Wendy Leigh Moss
Parents Walter Withers, Lavinia Ruth Withers
Movies Bright Eyes, Giant, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Farmer Takes a Wife, The North Star, Johnny Doughboy, Little Miss Nobody, The Hunchback of Notre Dame II, This Is the Life, Shooting High, Captain Newman, M.D., Chicken Wagon Family, Rascals, Golden Hoofs, 45 Fathers, Pack Up Your Troubles, Always in Trouble, Gentle Julia, Danger Street, The Right Approach, My Best Gal, Wild and Woolly, The Mad Martindales, The Arizona Wildcat, Youth Will Be Served, A Very Young Lady, Young America, Girl from Avenue A, Checkers, Pepper, Paddy O'Day, Small Town Deb, Ginger, Can This Be Dixie?, Angel's Holiday, The Holy Terror, High School, Keep Smiling, Affairs of Geraldine, Boy Friend, Faces in the Fog, Redheads on Parade, Hollywood Singing and Dancing: The 1930s
Star Sign Aries

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1Interviewed in "Amerian Classic Screen Interviews" by John Tibbett and James Walsh, 2010.
2Though best known for children's roles and comedy numbers, she introduced the classic Jule Styne-Sammy Cahn torch song "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry" in the 1944 stage flop, "Glad To See You," which closed in Philadelphia during its tryout engagement. It would have marked Withers' Broadway debut. Styne and Cahn had previously written songs for some of Withers' film hits.
3She took over the role of gargoyle Laverne in Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) following the death of Mary Wickes and had to match Wickes' voice and performance so that audiences wouldn't be able to detect the difference. She repeated the role in the "Hunchback" sequel.
4Her five children and their respective dates of birth are as follows: Wendy Leigh Moss, born September 26, 1948, Los Angeles County, California; William Paul Moss, III, born July 9, 1950, Los Angeles County, California; Walter"Randy" Moss, born January 29, 1952, Los Angeles County, California; Kenneth E. "Ken" Errair, Jr., born May 19, 1957, Los Angeles County, Califonia; Kendall Jane Errair, born March 3, 1960, Los Angeles County, California.
5In 1955 she and her husband purchased the ranch of 'Lucille Ball and 'Desi Arnaz' in Chatsworth, Ca.
6Interviewed in "Growing Up on the Set: Interviews with 39 Former Child Actors of Classic Film and Television" by Tom Goldrup and Jim Goldrup (McFarland, 2002).
7Her late husband, singer Ken Errair, came out with one solo LP on Capitol away from the Four Freshmen. It was accurately entitled "Solo Session." He also played several brass instruments and the bass.
8She delivered the eulogy at Rita Hayworth 's funeral.
9Perhaps best-known to Baby Boomers for her role as Josephine, the Lady Plumber on TV advertisements for Comet cleanser, a role in which she appeared for more than a decade beginning in the mid-1960s.
10Second husband Kenneth Errair was one of the original members of the classic pop group the Four Freshmen. He had long since retired from performing to become a successful businessman at the time of his death in a 1968 plane crash.
11TV's A&E Biography series did a tribute to Jane and her career on September 25, 2003.
12She maintained several warehouses of movie memorabilia and boasted one of the world's largest doll collections with almost 8,000.
13Has known her share of sorrow over the years. Second husband Ken Errair perished in a plane crash in 1968; her mother died of cancer in 1983, as did her son Randy the following year.
14At the age of three she was singing, dancing and imitating W.C. Fields on a professional level, starring as Dixie's Dainty Dewdrop on the radio show "Aunt Sally's Kiddie Club."
15Born at 11:07pm-EST.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Peck's Bad Girl1959TV Series
The United States Steel Hour1959TV SeriesAunt Jan
The Heart Is a Rebel1958Grace
Giant1956Vashti Snythe
The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre1949TV Series
Danger Street1947Pat Marvin
Affairs of Geraldine1946Geraldine Cooper
Faces in the Fog1944Mary Elliott
My Best Gal1944Kitty O'Hara
The North Star1943Clavdia Kurin
Johnny Doughboy1942Ann Winters / Penelope Ryan
Small Town Deb1942Patricia Randall
The Mad Martindales1942Kathy Martindale
Young America1942Jane Campbell
A Very Young Lady1941Kitty Russell
Her First Beau1941Penelope 'Penny' Wood
Golden Hoofs1941Jane Drake
Youth Will Be Served1940Eadie-May
Girl from Avenue A1940Jane
Shooting High1940Jane Pritchard
High School1940Jane Wallace
Pack Up Your Troubles1939Colette
Chicken Wagon Family1939Addie Fippany
Boy Friend1939Sally Murphy
The Arizona Wildcat1939Mary Jane Patterson
Always in Trouble1938Jerry Darlington
Keep Smiling1938/IIJane Rand
Rascals1938Gypsy
Checkers1937Checkers
45 Fathers1937Judith Frazier
Wild and Woolly1937Arnette Flynn
Angel's Holiday1937June 'Angel' Everett
The Holy Terror1937Corky Wallace
Can This Be Dixie?1936Peg Gurgle
Pepper1936Pepper Jolly
Little Miss Nobody1936Judy Devlin
Gentle Julia1936Florence Atwater
Paddy O'Day1936Paddy O'Day
This Is the Life1935Geraldine 'Jerry' Revier
Redheads on Parade1935Young Girl (uncredited)
The Farmer Takes a Wife1935Della
Ginger1935Ginger
The Good Fairy1935Child, Orphanage Sequence (uncredited)
Bright Eyes1934Joy Smythe
It's a Gift1934Little Girl Playing Hopscotch (uncredited)
Tailspin Tommy1934Mary Elizabeth (uncredited)
Imitation of Life1934Peola's Frontrow Classmate (uncredited)
Mary Stevens, M.D.1933Little Girl in Lobby (uncredited)
Zoo in Budapest1933Little Girl at Zoo (uncredited)
Handle with Care1932Bit Part (uncredited)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame II2002VideoLaverne (voice)
House of Mouse2001TV SeriesAdditional Voices
Mickey Mouse Works1999TV Series shortAdditional Voices
The Hunchback of Notre Dame1996Additional Laverne Dialogue (voice)
Disney's Animated Storybook: The Hunchback of Notre Dame1996Video GameLaverne (voice)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Topsy Turvy Games1996Video GameLaverne (voice)
Amazing Grace1995TV SeriesEsther Baker
Murder, She Wrote1991-1993TV SeriesAlma Sobel / Marge Allen
Hart to Hart1981TV SeriesRoxy McGuane
ABC Weekend Specials1977-1981TV SeriesAunt Daisy Dabble / Mrs. Minney
The Love Boat1980TV SeriesGladys
All Together Now1975TV MovieHelen Drummond
The Munsters1964-1966TV SeriesPamela Thornton / Fanny Pike
Summer Playhouse1964TV SeriesBillie
Captain Newman, M.D.1963Lt. Grace Blodgett
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1963TV SeriesEdith Swinney
Bachelor Father1958-1962TV SeriesMiss Sharkey / Lucille Barlow
Pete and Gladys1962TV SeriesWilma
General Electric Theater1961-1962TV SeriesBetty Hamilton / Sue Ann Baines
The Aquanauts1961TV Series
The Right Approach1961Liz Fargo-Life Magazine Photographer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hunchback of Notre Dame II2002Video performer: "Le Jour D'Amour"
My Best Gal1944performer: "I've Got the Flyingist Feeling", "Where There's Love"
Youth Will Be Served1940performer: "Youth Will Be Served"
Shooting High1940performer: "Wanderers" 1937, "Shanty of Dreams" 1940
Boy Friend1939performer: "Doin' The Socialite"
Can This Be Dixie?1936performer: "Pick Pick Pickaninny"
Paddy O'Day1936performer: "I Like a Balalaika"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Small Town Deb1942story - as Jerrie Walters

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Private Screenings2006TV Series acknowledgment - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lifestyle Magazine2015TV Series documentaryHerself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1930s: Dancing Away the Great Depression2009Video documentaryHerself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing2009Video documentaryHerself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
Twinkel, twinkel, kleine ster: Herinneringen uit Hollywood2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Private Screenings2006TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee
The 100 Greatest Family Films2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
Larry King Live2004TV SeriesHerself
Biography1995-2003TV Series documentaryHerself / Herself - Actress
Hollywood at Your Feet: The Story of the Chinese Theatre Footprints2000DocumentaryHerself
Memories of 'Giant'1998Video documentaryHerself
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years1997TV Movie documentaryHerself
Shirley Temple: America's Little Darling1993TV MovieHerself
Music of the West: A Tribute to America's Singing Cowboys1993TV MovieHerself
This Is Your Life1993TV Series documentaryHerself
When We Were Young...: Growing Up on the Silver Screen1989TV Movie documentaryHerself
Star's Table1986TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood's Diamond Jubilee1978TV SpecialHerself - Cameo
The Dean Martin Show1974TV SeriesHerself
Mitzi... A Tribute to the American Housewife1974TV SpecialHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1971-1972TV SeriesHerself - Comedienne / Actress / Herself - Comedian / ...
The Match Game1963-1967TV SeriesHerself - Team Captain
Girl Talk1963TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHerself
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Small Fry1956ShortHerself
Sheilah Graham in Hollywood1955TV SeriesHerself
Peeks at Hollywood1946ShortHerself (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 25, No. 3: Fashions and Rodeo1945Documentary shortHerself
Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 41942Documentary shortHerself
Picture People Vol. 2 No. 6: Hollywood War Efforts1942ShortHerself
Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 21941Documentary shortHerself - Premiere Attendee (uncredited)
Meet the Stars #6: Stars at Play1941Documentary shortHerself
Meet the Stars #1: Chinese Garden Festival1940Documentary shortHerself
Screen Snapshots Series 19, No 6: Hollywood Recreations1940Documentary shortHerself
Hollywood Hobbies1939ShortHerself (uncredited)
20th Century Fox Promotional Film1936Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gene Autry: White Hat, Silver Screen2007TV Movie documentary
American Masters2005TV Series documentaryActress 'Giant'
Return to 'Giant'2003Video documentaryHerself (uncredited)
All This and World War II1976DocumentaryHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1980Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement AwardYoung Artist Awards
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6119 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003DVD Premiere AwardDVD Exclusive AwardsBest Original SongThe Hunchback of Notre Dame II (2002)· Jason Alexander
· Tom Hulce
· Paul Kandel
· Charles Kimbrough
· Randy Peterson (lyrics/music)
· Kevin Quinn (lyrics/music)

TitleSalary
Small Town Deb (1942)$3,000
Gentle Julia (1936)$2,000 /week
The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935)$125 /week


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