Isabel Withers

Isabel Withers

Isabel Withers (January 20, 1896 - September 3, 1968) was a stage, motion picture, and television actress from Frankton, Indiana.


As a youth Withers lived in Coffeyville, Kansas and Illinois. She attended school in Kansas City, Missouri. She enrolled in a school of drama in Kansas City and joined a Chautauqua circuit repertoire company.

At the time it was playing in Billings, Montana performing "The Melting Pot", a play by Israel Zangwill. Following a route of "tented colleges", Withers first appeared on the road in "Little Women". She played the leading role in "The Tailor Made Man" after a season in stock in Utica, New York. She performed in "Cappy Ricks" in Chicago.

George M. Cohan selected Withers for the lead feminine role, with Lowell Sherman, in the Chicago company of "The Tavern". In New York City she appeared in "Kempy" at the Belmont Theater. While in New York Withers modeled for an exclusive gown shop during the day. Henry Duffy wired her to come to San Francisco, California to do "Kempy" just as she was on her way to visit her mother in Los Angeles.

She made her way south acting in "Love Em and Leave 'Em" and "Rain". Withers starred in "Rain" at the old Orpheum Theater, 12th Street, San Francisco, California, in November 1926. Drawing comparisons to actress Jeanne Eagels, she drew praise in the role of "Sadie Thompson".

Movies and television

Withers accumulated ninety-two screen and television credits, beginning with a role in the movie "The Hot Spot" (1931). Many of her screen appearances wee uncredited parts. She was also in her share of B-movies. Two memorable movies in which she had uncredited parts were "The Babe Ruth Story" (1948) and "Monkey Business" (1952).

She performed on television during the 1950s in such shows as "Four Star Playhouse" (1955), "Lassie" (1956), "The Millionaire" (1957), and "The Bob Cummings Show" (1958).

Isabel Withers died in 1968 in Hollywood, California, aged 72.


*New York Times, "Who's Who", October 5, 1924, p. X2.
*New York Times, "Week Promises Brilliant New Offerings In Theaters", May 22, 1927, p. 17.
*Oakland Tribune, "Rain Billed For 12th Street Theater", Sunday, November 14, 1926, p. 2W.


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