Geneviève Waïte, Actress and Ex-Wife of Singer John Phillips, Dies At Age 71

Updated On 21 May, 2019 Published On

Geneviève Waïte, the versatile actress, singer, model and the former wife of singer John Phillips, has died at the age of 71.

Her daughter Bijou Phillips confirmed her mother's death in a statement to PEOPLE on Saturday, May 18. The cause of death was not given.

Bijou told the outlet,

Our beautiful Mother Geneviève Waïte Phillips, passed away in her sleep. She was a beautiful [a] soul, and born from another planet. Her ideas, her songs, her voice, and her heartbeat to a beautiful African rhythm no one else had and I am so thankful she was able to share it.

She added,

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. She was like a child in a way, who was too smart for her own good.

Waïte and the Mamas & the Papas musician married in January 1972. In addition to Bijou, the couple also shared a son Tamerlane Philipps.

Born on February 13, 1948, in Cape Town, South Africa, Genevieve started her career as a model before she went into the field of acting and singing.

She appeared in films such as Joanna (1968), Move (1970) and Just a Kiss (2002).

The songstress released her album Romance Is on the Rise in 1974. Her husband John was the one who produced it.

Rest In Peace Genevieve Waite!

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