Genevieve Waite Dead: South African Actress Dead at 71

Genevieve Waite

Genevieve Waite, a South African actress who was the mother of Bijou Phillips, died over the weekend. She was 71 years old at the time of death; her cause of death has not been revealed

To TMZ, Phillips provided the following statement:

“Our beautiful mother Geneviève Waite Phillips, passed away in her sleep. She was a beautiful soul, and born from another planet. Her ideas, her songs, her voice, and her heart beat to a beautiful African rhythm no one else had and I am so thankful she was able to share it.”

She was a light, a fairy, and a gift of a creature. The lyrics she wrote on her album were timeless and smart. Her mind was poetry and wit, her sense of humor was quick and dry. My father and my mother had a magical, wonderful, heartbreaking life together but they created a masterpiece of music (Romance is on the Rise) and I’m so honored to be their child.

My mother’s role in ‘Joanna’ was groundbreaking for racial divides. My mother was a gift and I will miss her everyday. In everything I cook, and in everything I sing and in everything I do without her wise guidance.”

Here’s what you need to know:


Phillips’ Most Recent Instagram Activity Features a Touching Mother’s Day Post

Phillips and the rest of her clan have not made any public tributes to Waite on social media yet. However, Philips did post a touching Instagram in honor of Mother’s Day, writing, “Happy mothers day to all the Mama’s out there… Love this little lady so much, so happy to be her Mama…”

To PeoplePhillips gave the same statement she gave TMZ on her mother’s passing. She added, My brothers and sisters are all grieving. It’s nice thinking she is with our Dad, dancing around heaven… 2/13/1948 – 5/18/2019 Survived by Children Tamerlane Phillips, Bijou Phillips and stepchildren Jeffrey Phillips, Mackenzie Phillips and Chynna Phillips.”


Waite Was Married to Tom Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas Fame


John Phillips tells how The Mamas & the Papas were born!Known as Papa John, Phillips was a member and leader of the vocal group The Mamas & the Papas.hey had several Billboard Top Ten hits, including "California Dreamin'", "Monday, Monday", "I Saw Her Again", "Creeque Alley", and "12:30 (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon)". John Phillips also wrote "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear…2017-06-02T18:48:49.000Z

In 1972, Waite married John Phillips, a member of The Mamas and The Papas. They had two children together, Bijou and a son named Tamerlane Phillips.

Per People, Waite was born in Cape Town and started her career as a model before transitioning over into acting and singing roles. She starred in movies including Joanna, Move and Just a Kiss. 


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