Jeannette Clift George Remembered as Star of 'The Hiding Place,' and Pioneer for Christian Theater
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HOUSTON, Dec. 28, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ -- Friends and dignitaries from around the world mourn the death of Jeannette Clift George, Founder/Artistic Director of the A.D. Players, the Golden Globe nominated film and stage actress, playwright, author, Bible teacher, radio personality, national speaker, close friend and beloved wife of Lorraine M. George.
See images of Jeannette Clift George in 'The Hiding Place' here.
Jeannette Clift George passed away December 23, 2017. Her life will be celebrated at a memorial service on Friday, January 12, 2018, 11:00am at Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway Drive, Houston, Texas, 77058.
For her starring role as Corrie ten Boom in 'The Hiding Place,' Jeannette Clift George was nominated for a Golden Globe Award by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a Golden Apple Award by the Hollywood Women's Press Club, and as Most Promising Newcomer by the British Academy of Arts and Sciences. 'The Hiding Place,' chronicles Corrie ten Boom and her family's sheltering of the Jews during the Holocaust and the family's imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp. Jeannette said of that experience, "...this filming was more than a story; it was a life lived again with the hurts and heroes that had survived it..." This poignant, inspirational and classic film, 'The Hiding Place' is included in the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.
Ted Baehr of Movieguide, in remembering Jeannette said, "Being in the Hollywood Entertainment Industry and doing what we do every day at Movieguide, every light for Christ in the film industry is not only important, but of course, God ordained. I'm thankful that early on Jeannette Clift George was such a strong light in her role as Corrie ten Boon in the iconic movie: 'The Hiding Place.' Her talent, wit and unrelenting drive will be greatly missed by many who love her!"
Jeannette's longtime friendship with Billy and Ruth Graham began during the months of filming 'The Hiding Place.' Their daughter, Ruth Graham, said, "Jeannette Clift George was a treasure on and off the stage. She was a great friend to both of my parents, Billy and Ruth Bell Graham. But, especially for Mother.
"My mother trusted their friendship perhaps as none other – where confidences could be shared, silliness enjoyed and the scriptures explored. They shared their hearts. They were old-fashioned girlfriends. A lovely gift to both of them who were so often in the limelight.
Jeannette occupied a unique place in my mother's heart – all our hearts."
Marking 50 years as Artistic Director of the Houston-based A.D. Players Christian Theater Company, Jeannette Clift George celebrated her prayer that "God would do something about the need for Christian theater." Recognized for her leadership, Jeannette received the Matrix Award for outstanding contribution to the community through her playwriting, the Delta Gamma Fraternity Shield Award for distinguished achievement, an honorary membership in Alpha Delta Kappa International Teacher's Sorority, and the Rotary International's Jean Harris Award. She received the 1998 Texas Baptist Communications Award, as well as the CITA (Christians in Theater Arts) organization's Outstanding Achievement Award, and was honored by the Theresians of the United States. She held an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Dallas Baptist University and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Houston Baptist University.
Her extensive background in professional theater included touring with the New York Shakespeare Company and many seasons with Houston's Alley Theatre. She performed at the Playhouse in the Park in Philadelphia and the Arena Stage in Washington, as well as Houston's Stages Repertory Theatre. Jeannette was voted Houston's Best Actress, winning the drama critics' Sidney Holmes Acting Award for her work as Sabina in 'Skin of Our Teeth.'
As an author and Bible teacher, Jeannette Clift George traveled around the world giving her testimony, taught four Bible classes a week, taped a radio program and authored many books. Her book, "Troubling Deaf Heaven," written after the death of her husband, Lorraine Malcolm George, shares her hope in time of great sorrow. "In the silence of God, hold to three words...God is able. In the lightning, in the fire, in the earthquake, in the rain—and most especially in the silence—God is able."
In spite of a busy schedule, Jeannette Clift George would stop on her way to catch a plane to listen and pray for a newly acquired or longtime friend saying, "God has slipped into our schedules a paragraph of fellowship."
The memorial service for Jeannette Clift George will be on Friday, January 12, 2018, 11:00am at Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway Drive, Houston, Texas, 77058.
Gifts in memory of Jeannette and Lorraine George may be sent to A.D. Players, 5420 Westheimer, Houston, Texas 77056.