Geneviève Waïte, 1948 – 2019

Geneviève Waïte, Singer, Songwriter and ‘Joanna’ Actress, Dies at 71
The Hollywood Reporter 5/21/2019 by Mike Barnes

Geneviève Waïte, an actress, singer and songwriter and the mother of actress Bijou Phillips, died in her sleep Saturday in Los Angeles. She was 71.

A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Waïte starred as the title character opposite Calvin Lockhart and Donald Sutherland in the London-set racial drama Joanna (1968). She also recorded a 1974 album, Romance Is on the Rise, that was produced by her then-husband, John Phillips, of Mamas and the Papas fame.

Waïte also worked as a model and appeared in Myra Breckinridge (1968) and Move (1970), and her song “Love Is Coming Back” from Romance Is on the Rise is heard in the 1976 David Bowie starrer The Man Who Fell to Earth.

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