Jeannette Clift George, a Golden Globe-nominated actress and founder of the Christian-based A.D. Players Theater Company in Houston, died Dec. 23. She was 92. She was born in Houston to Hubert E. and Jeannette C. Clift and was fascinated with the stage even as a child. She won a scholarship to Stephens College and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin. Her professional theater experience included touring with the New York Shakespeare Company and many seasons with the Alley Theatre in Houston, as well as performing at the Playhouse in the Park in Philadelphia, the Arena Stage in Washington and Houston’s Stages Repertory Theatre. In 1974, she founded the A.D. Players and served five decades as its artistic director. She received a Golden Globe Nomination for her role as Corrie ten Boom in the 1975 movie, “The Hiding Place,” the story of a Christian family who sheltered their Jewish neighbors during the Holocaust and subsequently were imprisoned in a concentration camp. She was the author of multiple books, including Troubling Deaf Heaven, Daisy Petals and Some Run with Feet of Clay. She was the host of the radio program, Jeannette Clift George from Center Stage, and taught four Bible classes each week. She received the Matrix Award for outstanding contribution to the community through her playwriting, the Delta Gamma Fraternity Shield Award for distinguished achievement and the 1998 Texas Baptist Communications Award. She held honorary degrees from Dallas Baptist University and Houston Baptist University. She was named a distinguished alumnus of the UT Theatre and Dance Department. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lorraine Malcolm George.
Obituary: Jeannette Clift George
January 2, 2018