Hitchcock star Googie Withers dies aged 94

Actress was known for roles in 'The Lady Vanishes' and TV's 'Within These Walls'

British actress Googie Withers has died at the age of 94.

Born Georgette Lizette Withers, the star of stage and screen passed away at her home on Friday (July 15), reports BBC News.

She was best known for appearing in Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1938 thriller The Lady Vanishes and later appeared in TV dramas Within These Walls and the BBC‘s Hotel Du Lac and Northanger Abbey.

Her last film role was in 1996’s Oscar-nominated Shine. She returned to the stage in 2002 to star alongside Vanessa Redgrave in a West End adaptation of Oscar Wilde‘s Lady Windermere’s Fan.

Born in British India in 1917, Withers moved back to Britain and began acting at the age of 12. She was given her Googie nickname by her Indian nanny.

She was the first non-Australian to be awarded Officer Of The Order Of Australia and received a CBE in 2002.