1925 – 2017
Friends and colleagues from Houston and around the world mourn the death of Jeannette Clift George.
In her five decades as Artistic Director of A.D. Players, Jeannette Clift George transformed a group of part-time actors into one of Houston's largest resident theatre companies. She believed that theatre should explore the human condition from a Christian worldview through compelling comedy and drama. Help her vision live on for generations to come by making a memorial gift in her name.
Jeannette Clift George, playwright, author, actress, star of The Hiding Place, founder of the Houston theatre company After Dinner Players (A.D. Players), and a pioneer of Christian theatre, has died at the age of 92. Mrs. George, a native Houstonian, was the beloved wife of Lorraine M. George and the daughter of Hubert E. Clift and Jeannette C. Clift. During five decades as artistic director of A.D. Players, Jeannette Clift George devoted her adult life to her belief “God would do something about the need for Christian theatre.”
Wonderfully talented, Mrs. George was nominated for several awards for her starring role as Corrie ten Boom in The Hiding Place, including a Golden Globe Award by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a Golden Apple Award by the Hollywood Women’s Press Club and Most Promising Newcomer by the British Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Hiding Place chronicled the life of Corrie ten Boom, whose family sheltered Jewish neighbors in the Netherlands during the Holocaust and was later imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. Jeannette said of her experience, “This filming was more than a story – it was a life lived again with the hurts and heroes that had survived it.”
Not only was Mrs. George acclaimed for her acting gifts, she was recognized for her achievements in many areas of her life. Listed below are some of her many honors:
For 32 years Mrs. George was married to Houston engineer, entrepreneur and arts enthusiast Lorraine M. George. Lorraine served on the Board of Directors of the A.D. Players for many years, and strongly supported his wife’s every endeavor. He was instrumental in birthing her vision for what is now the Jeannette and L.M. George Theater, the performing home of the A.D. Players.
Following her husband’s death in 2004, Jeannette wrote, “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 mostly especially in the silence – God is able.”
Jeannette’s surviving family and legacy are found in the theatre company she founded, A.D. Players, the many colleagues who admired her work and learned from her example, and the countless others who were inspired by her faithful lifetime of words and performances.