Jane Withers

Jane Withers

At 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."

Aunt of actress Bernadette Withers.

Born at 11:07pm-EST.

Has 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.

Her 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; Randall Craig "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.

Her 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.

In 1955 she and her husband purchased the ranchito of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in Beverly Hills. They had lived for 13 years in Chatsworth, California, and wanted to be closer to their studios.].

Interviewed in "Amerian Classic Screen Interviews" by John Tibbett and James Walsh, 2010.

Interviewed 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).

Jane Withers 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. A December 15, 2008 Advertising Age article about Flo, the Progressive Insurance TV commercial character played by Stephanie Courtney, said that Flo, "... is a weirdly sincere, post-modern Josephine the Plumber who just really wants to help.

Perhaps 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.

Second 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.

She delivered the eulogy at Rita Hayworth 's funeral.

She maintains several warehouses of movie memorabilia and boasts one of the world's largest doll collections, which now totals almost 8,000.

She 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.

Though 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.

TV's A&E Biography series did a tribute to Jane and her career on September 25, 2003.