Celebs we lost in 2021

A huge number of famous faces have passed away this year

Jane Withers (died August 7th, aged 95)

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Jane Withers, one of the most popular child stars in Hollywood in the 1930s and early 1940s, died in Burbank, California, surrounded by her loved ones. The cause of her death was not disclosed.

“My mother was such a special lady,” Withers’ daughter, Kendall Errair, said in a statement to Deadline. “She lit up a room with her laughter, but she especially radiated joy and thankfulness when talking about the career she so loved and how lucky she was.”

Withers started her entertainment career at the age of 3 when he hosted her own children’s radio program in her home city of Atlanta, Georgia. In 1932, she and her mother moved to Hollywood, where she appeared as an extra in several movies until landing her breakthrough role as the spoiled, obnoxious Joy Smythe opposite Shirley Temple’s angelic orphan Shirley Blake in the 1934 film Bright Eyes. After appearing in a total of 38 films, she retired at age 21 in 1947.

Withers, however, returned to the small and big screens as a character actor in the 1950s. She then found renewed popularity in the 1960s and ‘70s as Josephine the Plumber in a series of TV commercials for Comet cleanser.