Archive for June 7th, 2011

An Evening with Jane Withers in Person

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011


Evening @ the Barn





June 8, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

Hollywood Heritage Museum

2100 N. Highland Avenue

(across from the Hollywood Bowl)

Hollywood, CA 90068


Hollywood Heritage is pleased to announce an evening with beloved actress Jane Withers on Wednesday, June 8 at 7:30 pm at the Hollywood Heritage Museum.  Ms. Withers, who just celebrated her 85th birthday, will present a special retrospective on her varied career filled with film clips, anecdotes and personal remembrances. She will also be on-hand to sign autographs and take photographs with her fans.


Jane is 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, including Ginger (1935), The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935) and Little Miss Nobody (1936), usually cast as a wholesome, meddlesome young girl in films less sugary than Temple’s vehicles. Moviegoers flocked to see her films, and Withers became one of the top 10 box-office stars in 1937 and 1938. Her popularity was such that 20th Century Fox gave her big name co-stars such as the Ritz Brothers (in Pack Up Your Troubles) and Gene Autry (in Shooting High). Withers also did a stint in screenwriting in 1941: she wrote the original story filmed as Small Town Deb, under the pseudonym Jerrie Walters.


Withers kept working in the 1940s; she made 16 films for 2oth Century Fox, Columbia Studios and Republic Pictures. Her sweet sixteen birthday party was filmed by Paramount for the Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood series. In 1943 Withers received excellent notices for her dramatic performance in Lewis Milestone’s The North Star. She came out of retirement in 1955 to appear with James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson in the landmark film Giant, directed by George Stevens.


Withers gained fame again as Josephine the Plumber, a character in a long-running and popular series of television commercials for Comet cleanser, Jane continues to do voice-over work and occasional guest appearances. She is also a passionate collector and maintains many of the original costumes from her films. A selection of Jane Wither’s memorabilia will be on display in the museum lobby for this event, which promises to be a truly special evening.



Hollywood Heritage Members, $5.00; General admission at the door is $10.00

Doors open at 7:00PM and seating is limited

Free Parking in Lot D



Tickets for this event are also available online with your credit card via Brown Paper Tickets. A nominal fee will be added to the ticket price for this service. Just go to: for more information. Or call 1-800-838-3006 to reserve tickets over the phone.