Jane Withers

Jane Withers

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A rare vintage late 1930s autograph book page clearly signed in ink "Lovingly Jane Withers" (adding a cartoon drawing "Me").

Double mounted for fine display with photograph.


CERTIFICATION ; From the extensive autograph book (containing many film notables) of an American GI soldier who collected most of  the autographs in and around The Universal Studios between 1938-1942 and then later gifted the book after the war to his film-fan British girlfriend. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.


12x6in >> Acid Free Mount >> Unframed


About Jane Withers

Jane Withers

JANE WITHERS autograph. American actress best known for being one of the most popular child film stars of the 1930s and early 1940s, as well as for her portrayal of "Josephine the Plumber" in a series of TV commercials for Comet Cleanser in the 1960s and early 1970s. Her big break came when she landed a supporting role in the 1934 Shirley Temple film Bright Eyes ; her character Joy Smythe was spoiled and obnoxious, a perfect foil to Temple's sweet personality. Through the remainder of the 1930s she starred in several movies every year. She kept working in the 1940s, making made 16 films for Fox but in 1947 retired for several years from acting, after marrying a wealthy Texas oil man. In 1955 she earned a supporting role in the film classic "Giant" and developed a friendship with James Dean. In the DVD special features, she tells the story that Dean had a favorite pink cowboy shirt he wore all the time. He never let it go the laundry for fear it would be lost like the other shirts he had. Withers convinced him to let her wash it for him. She did this often and when he left to go to the race he gave her his shirt to wash and have ready for him when he came back. James Dean died that day in the fateful fatal car wreck in California. Withers still keeps his shirt and the fond memories of him. By the mid-1960s, Withers gained fame again as "Josephine the Plumber," a character in a long-running and popular series of TV commercials for Comet cleanser ; the veteran TV-ad pitchwoman's beloved character lasted into the 1980s.


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